Songs We Love: King Woman, 'Shame' // NPR Music

One of the oldest creation stories in history holds that God created mankind in his image. But what of woman? Is she not worthy of being conjured from a vision, a likeness, the stuff of greatness? King Woman, the mighty Bay Area-bred solo-project-turned-full-band helmed by vocalist and guitarist Kristina Esfandiari, grapples with this glaring omission on its forthcoming album, Created In The Image Of Suffering. On the album, out later this month, King Woman commands a particular terrain where doom-laced rock, shoegaze and sludgy metal converge in compositions that aren't so much songs as they are reckonings, laments, eulogies and exaltations. 

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If the album has a crown jewel, it's "Shame," which tells the tale of a woman scorned. Although we all know who this woman is, we don't know her well. And her perspective has never been awarded the same consideration as that of her counterpart, Adam. An ominous roar kicks off "Shame," bringing it out of the shadows and into the light. Esfandiari growls, "I'm your garden of Eden / I'm your promised land / You deny me the freedom / Still I'm innocent." Here, she becomes every person who is simultaneously desired but has experienced scapegoating at the hands of others, especially former lovers.

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