Maria McKee: Late December (Cooking Vinyl)

 |   |  <1 min read

Maria McKee: No Other Way To Love You
Maria McKee: Late December (Cooking Vinyl)

The former singer for Lone Justice has long given up any sense of being a country-rock or alt.country singer, she is out there on her own and her many solo albums have been wayward affairs which seem to follow whatever mood she is in, which means from song to song she can find a new genre.

So it is not surprising here to find her opening what what sounds like a streetwise Dionne Warwick song, then peeling off some Motown soul, singing A Good Heart (which she wrote and was a hit for Feargal Sharkey about 20 years ago), ploughing through some declamatory Bowie-esque material, and indulging in some melodrama in Destine which sounds like a rock-opera out-take written by Kate Bush for Meat Loaf.

Yes, McKee is again all over the place -- My First Night Without You is her soul-country ballad of the old style -- but that has always been her appeal for some of us.

So while this will baffle some it will also delight longtime followers who love hearing this woman unleash her Motown style before inviting in some Queen-style backing vocals for the following track, then coming off as a damaged chanteuse.

Lotta wayward fun.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Butcher Holler: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn (Signature)

Butcher Holler: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn (Signature)

As well-intentioned as this is -- a tribute to the country legend Loretta Lynn from a group lead by the excellent Eilen Jewel -- Lynn herself brought self-confident earthiness to her delivery of... > Read more

Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses: Roadhouse Sun (Lost Highway)

Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses: Roadhouse Sun (Lost Highway)

American singer-songwriter Bingham's voice was so lived in and road-hardened on his debut Mescalito (a Best of Elsewhere 2008 album) that he sounded like a man far beyond his mid-20s. He... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

MARC BOLAN; A WIZARD, A TRUE STAR, a doco by MIKE PARKINSON (Pride/Triton DVD)

MARC BOLAN; A WIZARD, A TRUE STAR, a doco by MIKE PARKINSON (Pride/Triton DVD)

It was hardly surprising that Ringo Starr, then an aspiring film-maker because he had little else to do other than churn out hits, should have made a film of Marc Bolan in 1972. Bolan was at... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Shayna King

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Shayna King

A few weeks ago Elsewhere scooped up the impressive debut album The Day is Young by the Christchurch-based singer-songwriter Shayna King as part of a package of releases. They had all been part of... > Read more