So if the fairytale prog of her first two solo records left you feeling disenchanted, check out Ex Hex. With it, Timony seems to have left behind the swords and sorcery; instead, she's given us a record that blends the deft musicianship of Helium with the energy of her first band, the influential all-girl punk group Autoclave. The album is readily accessible and loaded with some rockin' numbers. The girlish anthem "9 x 3" blazes through its first three minutes and ends with a well-executed minute-long breakdown, while "Return to Pirates," probably the best track on the album, delivers some fine swashbuckle rock with its sick guitar work and catchy chorus. Ex Hex underscores the fact that Mary Timony is an interesting and underrated guitarist capable of writing fun songs, and it's nice to see her revisit a style of music that she helped develop.