The first seconds of “Cut to Ribbons” are more rhythmic vibration than melody. The melody is soon textured in by a guitar with resemblances to the style of The Cure. The vocals enter and the listener can settle into a false comfort – the song fits snuggly into a Post Punk category. But when an acoustic guitar is briefly featured at 0:44, it is clear that the song by Elizabeth is too dynamic to pigeonhole. In fact, perhaps the most attractive feature of “Cut to Ribbons” is the low-distortion Rock guitar layered over a strong bass line at the two-minute mark.