The clue to unlocking ‘Privilege (Abridged)’ is right there in the title
The clue to the composition of ‘Privilege (Abridged)’ is there in the title. Comprising a selection of tracks from Parenthetical Girls’ string of ‘Privilege’ EPs, released 2010–12, this microcosm of recent releases forms a convincing narrative. Gone is the orchestration of 2008’s ‘Entanglements’, though the melodrama of the Portland band’s baroque pop remains. ‘Careful Who You Dance With’ pegs them as a rough-hewn Erasure; but elsewhere, David Byrne collaborator Jherek Bischoff provides theatrical instrumentation for Zac Pennington’s vocal histrionics, which are peppered with the barely suppressed bitterness that befits a man with a serious Morrissey obsession.