Why is this lady a LoneLady? Scaring off potential suitors with sick music? Probably. Or maybe she is just off into the Hinterland, trying, somehow, desperately, to bring some back for the listeners, eagerly awaiting her return. Featuring single "Bunkerpop" and then another eight sweet tracks!
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I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that this new Lonelady album will appeal to many, many people. She has the funk, she has the pop, she has the icy cool and if Madonna met Liquid Liquid this might be the result.
She writes pop songs that have a modernist chic but a sparseness that harks back to the late ‘70’s/early ‘80’s funk stylings of Maximum Joy and A Certain Ratio. It’s as tight and owl and with a band aesthetic despite being a solo project. Its slick but not too slick and several tracks have hooks to die for. Lead single ‘Bunkerpop’ is dark, brooding but will snag your ear but the best is ‘Groove It Out’ a kind of 70’s New York loft take on Dee Lite’s ‘Groove is in the Heart’. Catchy as fuck but you could dance to it at a wedding with your trousers round your ankles and still seem cool.
It’s even better when it lays on a darker edge - (I Can See Landscapes) is built around a simple Tina Weymouth bass riff with Gang Of Four guitar scree scattered through the mix, ‘Silvering’ bristles along on a sea of post punk riffs but the chirpy Nile Rodgers-like guitar re-positions it to the dance floor.
The rhythms are terrific, it’s highly infectious but I still wouldn’t want to walk alone in the subway with it coming out of the beat box. A record to get even my feet moving.
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