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Spinnerette is the new "band" by ex-Distiller front woman Brody Dalle. I say "band" because Brody released the following statement:
"Spinnerette isn't a band, it's me and whichever musicians I want to work with at the time"
The self titled album is the first offering from Dalle as Spinnerette, after several years of silence following the disbanding of the Distillers, during which time she got married and had a child. Life has changed her and it is apparent in the shift of musical style.
For fans of the Distillers, you are going to need an open mind. Gone are the raw, punky, slightly grungy songs with scratchy guitars and Brody's distinctive lazy, drawling, screaming vocals in place of a more polished, refined, melodic music with significantly more mellow singing. Don't get me wrong, Brody hasn't lost her edge, simply developed it into something more sophisticated. Angst has been replaced with suave assertiveness.
The album opens with the energetic Ghetto Love, led by a bold bass riff and snappy lyrics. This is an obvious single song, so it's no surprise that this was the first to be released. It's catchy, when you've figured out the lyrics you will be singing it in the shower.
Baptised by Fire is another obvious single choice, it is easily accessible by the die hard fan and the new listener, I wouldn't call it pop, but it's universal theme - dealing with heartbreak - will appeal to everyone.
Sex bomb surprised me when I read that it was also released, the lyrics give some insight into the master bedroom of the Dalle-Homme household but it's a little too much to listen to without cringing. We get it, you lust for each other...and considering you're both two of the most fanciable rock stars on the planet we should friggin hope so!
Unfortunately, that is the highlight of the album. The rest of the album is not filler, but they lack the lyrical cleverness of "You sold your heart for the primal experience" (Ghetto Love), the all-inclusive appeal of Baptised by Fire or the shock value of Sex Bomb. Personally, I love this album and all it has to offer, but I think the anticipation and publicity of the album gave everyone cause to expect more, and for that they will be disappointed. There's more substance in this album than most people will give it time for. This is not the sure thing that Coral Fang was.
As Brody herself says,
"Think of all the differences between a girl and a woman - Spinnerette is a full grown woman, smart, good looking and opinionated. She's refined without being anal. But she'll still knock you around and get drunk in front of your mom." - http://www.thegraveyardgirls.com/BrodyInterview.htm
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Ghetto Love
2 All Babes Are Wolves
5 Baptized By Fire
6 Spectral Suspension, A
7 Distorting A Code
8 Sex Bomb
9 Driving Song
10 Rebellious Palpatations
11 Walking Dead, The
13 Prescription For Mankind, A