Shah cites Frida Kahlo and Nina Simone’s brands of feminism and William Hogarth’s depictions of “debauchery and poverty” as influences. It’s one way of explaining the memorably heart-rending take on modern-day strife, spelt out in Dreary Town and Filthy Game’s charcoal-stark settings and the smoky, burnt edges of Shah’s voice. PJ Harvey comparisons are valid, mostly the White Chalk/England Made Me era, Shah leaning more toward a taut, torch-song tradition and a simmering version of Diamanda Galas’s wounded exorcisms. The halfway mark of All I Want and Used It All are especially charged with loss. Producer and co-writer Ben Hillier (The Horrors, Depeche Mode) resists any temptation to over-arrange, leaving Love Your Dum And Mad a piercingly direct seduction of the senses.