Having swapped her PE kit for a Slipknot t-shirt, Princes Nokia is ready for an act of radical reclamation. A Girl Cried Red is as emo as emo gets, and despite it's place within a canon enabled by black musicians, is typically dominated by white ones. Available on limited red 12" on Rough Trade.
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Phil likes this. I think his pre-teen stepdaughter must have been playing it. No she likes PIL so he's obviously hitting yet another mid-life crisis. To review it though means I'm breaching my 'no autotune' policy... something that seems to baffle the younger elements in our office. You see, hearing autotune on my records hits a particular middle aged nerve. As UI once said - "do we go round to your house and put salt on your food?" No we bloody well don't.
The album consists of lots of miniature, sample based pop songs that start out bright and breezy but half way through each of them you realise that there's isn't anything of substance there at all. It's the musical equivalent of a McDonalds Happy Meal. These things just don't fill you up... you think you want them but you don't...wake up and you realise that they are just little ditties which charm for a very short amount of time. Her vocal is a kind on one dimensional emo whine with lyrics that repeat across the LP - self referencing a la Game Theory perhaps? Clever. On occasion there's something I like all the way through. 'Look Up Kid' is a neat little punk song led my some beautifully breezy guitars - as tuneful as a lollipop - and I didn't switch off after one minute thirty seconds. Result.
Overall it's a strange mix of woe-is-me-God-my-life-is-awful emo songwriting and hip-hop brevity. It has one thing going for it....it's short. Ok two, she's breaking the fourth wall with this idea of the same lyrics popping up on different songs and ..ok three it's very tuneful. But really it's just Paramore meets Aguilera meets imported indie cred.
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