Lydia Loveless: Real (Bloodshot/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Lydia Loveless: Out on Love
Lydia Loveless: Real (Bloodshot/Southbound)

Now onto her fifth album 25-year old Lydia Loveless (born Lydia Ankrom) draws a thread between brittle power pop, whatever passes for alt.country these days and classic guitar jangle with a smidgen of post-punk energy.

As a lyricist she nails down some alarmingly visceral imagery (“If self control is what you want I'd have to break all of my fingers off” she yowls on the betrayal song More Than Ever) and you'd have to say there's a thread of fury and disappointment at lost love coupled with self-loathing or self-directed rage across many of these songs.

Samples: “These January nights really make me hate my life and I wanna get into a fight” (on Midwestern Guys); “Paradise is only for the weak man, no one goes to Heaven” (Heaven) and “I'm watching TV and I know I shouldn't be because it doesn't compare with walking down your street” (the title track).

Her delivery contains more bruised sensitivity than some of the blunt blade lyrics and treble-heavy production suggests.

So not an easy outing, but it certainly lives up to the ethos of its title, this is about very real stuff and never once do you think she might be faking this for effect.

Real.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Willis Earl Beal: Experiments in Time (CD Baby)

Willis Earl Beal: Experiments in Time (CD Baby)

Wllis Earl Beal has released two such different albums -- Acoustmatic Society which were home recordings pulled together from the scores he had made, then the soulful and more straightahead Nobody... > Read more

Mudcrutch: Mudcrutch (Reprise)

Mudcrutch: Mudcrutch (Reprise)

Here's an odd and unexpected one. Anyone who has seen Peter Bogdanovich's recent Runnin' Down a Dream DVD doco about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (in Absolute Elsewhere, use the tag below)... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

BRIAN ENO: THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (2011) (Sexy Intellectual/Triton DVD)

BRIAN ENO: THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (2011) (Sexy Intellectual/Triton DVD)

Despite the title here being appropriated from David Bowie, this does seem a fair description of Brian Eno, the self-described "non-musician" who made his name in Roxy Music as the... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Michael Murray

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Michael Murray

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year there are five contestants and Elsewhere is... > Read more