Her 1994 debut, Cockamamie, showed admirable grrrlish spunk and a few knockout songs, but promising as that release was, it barely hinted at the giant leap forward this 33-year-old Bostonian takes on her dazzling follow-up. Gun Shy Trigger Happy is a musical tour de force—13 meticulously produced cuts that feature Trynin's hypnotic vocals, gritty guitar playing and grown-up lyrics about faltering relationships and lost innocence—with the kind of mixed emotions her album title cleverly captures.
Propulsive trip-hop beats and Trynin's throaty singing on such selections as "Writing Notes" recall the Eurythmics' Annie Lennox, smartly updated for the late '90s. In contrast, "Go Ahead" is one of several guitar-drenched blasts that indie rock queen Liz Phair could envy. In this year that is ruled by Lilith, Trynin has matched her better-known peers by delivering one of 1997's strongest and most mature discs. (Warner Bros./Squint)