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

The Antlers: Hospice (FrenchKiss/Border)

The Antlers: Hospice (FrenchKiss/Border)

This may not sound like everyone's idea of an album to listen to -- it is a 10-track concept piece about caring for someone in a hospice who has been emotionally abusive. But whaddya gonna do? They... > Read more

The Jesus and Mary Chain: Damage and Joy (Warner)

The Jesus and Mary Chain: Damage and Joy (Warner)

One the interesting things about post-punk bands like Wire is how they acknowledge and sometimes even refer to their past, but use it as a platform to push into other areas. You... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

GLOBAL RADIO: A round-up of recent world music releases

GLOBAL RADIO: A round-up of recent world music releases

Because Elsewhere is one of the few mainstream websites which has no problem writing about world music in the same space as pop, rock, jazz, reggae and whatever, we have been increasingly inundated... > Read more

THE MAORI VOLCANICS REMEMBERED, AT AUDIOCULTURE (2018): New Zealand famous in the world

THE MAORI VOLCANICS REMEMBERED, AT AUDIOCULTURE (2018): New Zealand famous in the world

Years before New Zealand pop bands began trying to establish themselves in the Britain and the US, the Māori showbands were ambassadors for the country’s music. And of the showbands, the... > Read more