April 11, 2006
Like when IRS Records Ruled the world, only better.
Love, Loss and Lunacy - Mary Lee's Corvette
This is one of the greatest albums I've ever heard. Jumpin' in with
a jangly rockin' beauty 'all that glitters is not gold'. boy is she
sweet, like an angel dancin' in your ears... I'm proud to have just
heard this young lady play her stuff.
I don't know if I've ever put such a high hurdle in front of a performer
though.... I don't know what I wanted to have her do... surpass tom
petty or something... she does. Hip, sweet, and rooted in folk gal
mannerisms that sing out of her like curlicues sang out of lefty
I opened the promo package, and thought... hmmm.... lesbian seagull
music.... welp... i love joni mitchell to death so i'll give it a
listen without the bias you'd expect from a crusty ass hardcore punk
blues guy like myself. a tight band was the first thought on popping
it in... musically literate in all that 60s 70s 80s stuff that i
loved but kind of tended to not want to explore as a performance
skill. horns ala sgt. pepper, jangly rem guitars, steel slide awesomeness,
tight crispy drumming, and solid unfathomable bass that drives, not
hogs the limelight.
She's out on the porch, her tunes get hashed over in herself a dozen
times before they pop out of her like the ultimate yummy toaster
strudel. This woman is smart in ways i'll never be... she shows signs
of the total assimilation in the world with love that I know and
sometimes return to but boy i wouldn't want to live there. She sings
like I dance on the keyboard.... its her forte... her heart... and
i can picture her out of place with love singing in mean streets
in new york city... echoing like a nightingale off of brick facades
and rigid steel construction.
Have I listened to this one to death? FUCK NO! This is a treasure...
a gem that does not uncover all its facets by sitting there like
gollum gazing into it goin' myyyyy precsssshious.... it's like that
car you got when you were a kid that all of a sudden you realize
yer goin' 110... or you're leaning up against with some buds and
a nice curvy corner of it catches your eye and glints just right
with a smile at you. You know that you could take it out to a test
track and zoom it around a bunch.... but that'd bury the magic beneath
performance tests. Keep this one, put it in the same place you have
Van Morrison's - Astral Weeks, Junior Walker and Buddy Guy's - Hoodoo
Man Blues, Dr. John's Gris-Gris or your favorite Minor Threat album.
Its a keeper, and if you get it you'll still be uncovering nuances
30 years from now. I hope she makes the big time.
posted by Doc Martian