World of Strangers
Few artists can make “weary” sound as engaging as Zoe Muth. Even though she rarely picks up the tempo past a casually swinging shuffle, Muth captivates with her artfully turned phrases and dry sense of humor. “Mama Needs a Margarita,” in which Muth adopts the persona of a young mother tired of being left home alone to eat “straight from the jar” alongside her infant, stands as one of 2014’s finest songs.
“Make Me Change My Mind,” “April Fool,” and “What Did You Come Back Here For?” may seem somewhat slight in comparison, but they’re still sharply observed accounts of relationships and individuals in varying states of decay.