On the two albums Jessica Lea Mayfield cut with producer (and Black Keys frontman) Dan Auerbach, the Ohio-bred singer-songwriter tended toward sparse, country-influenced tunes that suggested a deep reserve of sadness. "The only time I miss you is every single day," she crooned on the typically battered "Our Hearts Are Wrong," off her 2011 album Tell Me.

On the two albums Jessica Lea Mayfield cut with producer (and Black Keys frontman) Dan Auerbach, the Ohio-bred singer-songwriter tended toward sparse, country-influenced tunes that suggested a deep reserve of sadness. “The only time I miss you is every single day,” she crooned on the typically battered “Our Hearts Are Wrong,” off her 2011 album Tell Me.

These days, the singer continues to explore similarly pained themes in her music — Mayfield’s third full-length, Make My Head Sing…, arrives awash in tales of heartache, regret and jealousy — though her words inflict some wounds of their own this time around. “I could kill her with the powers in my mind,” she spits on the album opening “Oblivious,” a stinging nettle of a tune that finds the musician wielding her guitar like a broken bottle in a bar fight.

Elsewhere, songs swing from sweet (“I Wanna Love You,”) to sour (“Everything makes me mad,” she announces near the close of “No Fun,” following with a buzzing guitar solo that trembles like a tightly clenched fist) as Mayfield deals with love on the rocks while lobbing a few stones of her own.

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