In May

Aubrey Debauchery sheds a layer of giggly girl on her latest release, In May, and emerges as a sometimes heartbroken, yet always-saucy songstress. Her third album builds on her self-proclaimed knack for singing about drinking, boys, and drinking with boys, but it departs from the fancy-free attitude of 2006’s Forgiven/Forgotten and shows Debauchery as a wearier songwriter who’s learning to deal with breakup and the boys who line up to fall for her like dominos. The addition of lap steel—though deficient in adequate twang—accents the sullen “My Weakness” and brings out a country bounce in “Bartender,” a song about forsaking a good-girl reputation after a night of free drinks. In “Duffy’s,” Debauchery asks an ex to divide up the town to avoid beer-fueled encounters at the hipster tavern because they’re admittedly still in love. On the album’s title track, she repeats, “I’m sure you’ll forget my name by May,” and while Debauchery has packed up her Martin guitar and headed to Washington, it’s unlikely she’ll be forgotten now … or in any other month.