April 19, 2007

Tell It Like It Is Songs

Recently I've been introduced to a couple new musicians that I really enjoy, and wanted to pass the love onto you. Or should I say, pass on the upfront angry bitterness?

First up, the wonderful BMW told me about a British songstress named Lily Allen. He knew I loved the Scissor Sisters, and felt like she had a similar vibe. And she does, in a way. She's also got a lot of Alanis Morisette, a dash of the Spice Girls, and a healthy dose of Liz Phair.

Now keep in mind, this is not little miss sunshine singing to you. Lily is very blunt, sometimes offensive, and often crude. And I love it! Particular favorites on her album (entitled Alright, Still) are "Knock 'Em Out," detailing the challenges a single gal faces in a club; and "Alfie," a plea to her pot-smoking brother.

In a very different vein, I was very glad that ScottE brought the songs of Amy Winehouse (another Brit) into our home. Her sound is very retro - like Dinah Washington as sung by Dusty Springfield. Except the lyrical content is very modern. "They try to make me go to rehab, but I say, NO NO NO!"

Favorites on her Back to Black album include the Rehab song mentioned above, and the title track. Believe me when I say you've never heard doo-wop done quite like this.

So check them out and download a couple songs to your iPod - I'm sure you'll get a kick out of these fresh sounds.

1 comment:

ScottE. said...

You should see the dance he has for REHAB!