“All at Once” May Be Screaming Females’ Best Album Yet

Review: This window-rattling New Jersey trio will command your attention.

Album Review

Screaming Females
All at Once
Don Giovanni

Marissa Paternoster knows how to make a racket. The leader of the window-rattling New Jersey trio Screaming Females plays vicious guitar, splitting the difference between punk fury and metal majesty, and sings with a controlled urgency guaranteed to command your attention (shades of Sleater-Kinney). Amid this thrilling storm of sound, it’s sometimes easy to overlook how good the band’s songs can be, but All at Once boasts a slew of great material, unleashing fiery anthems that are catchy, smart and relentless at once. On “Dirt” she exclaims, “I’ll medicate myself / So that the world can lie to me,” while “I’ll Make You Sorry” finds her asking, “Am I losing faith in my own anger?” Arguably Screaming Females’ best album, All at Once attacks complacency with electrifying noise.

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate