Steven Chen
April 18, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

On ”In the Grass,” former Helium frontwoman Mary Timony sings majestically about both Jesus and ”jamming to the Fat Boys,” without a hint of irony. Her third solo album is full of these juxtapositions, which drop fantastical bits into the gloom of everyday life and saturate indie prog-rock in a hypermelodic wash. While Timony lays on the dreaminess a bit thick at times, Ex Hex‘s eerie beauty is vivid enough to keep you under its spell nearly all the way through.

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