“You gotta get bruised before you get mad,” Bishop Briggs insists on her new version of “Champion,” recorded with Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello. “Nobody said it’d be an easy ride, obstacles in my way … Cursing the world, I burn the songs I wrote a billion times in my head.” As with many of the British singer’s songs, the track’s lyrical defiance is undercut by sometimes generic mainstream-pop arrangements. On Briggs’ 2018 debut album, Church of Scars, the same dichotomy occurs as the vocalist alternates between intimate and confessional songs such as “Water” and “Lyin’” and less-inventive tunes that are undercut by bombastic choruses and arrangements. Despite this tendency to be crowd-pleasing, Briggs is at her best when her lyrical aspirations and vocal exhortations are matched by music that’s passionate, as on the bluesy “River.” With Miya Folick and Jax Anderson.
The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; Fri., Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m.; $29-$66. (213) 388-1400, www.livenation.com/events/1160828-nov-1-2019-bishop-briggs.