Wednesday, 25 April 2018

2018 Contenders: Old Girl Becomes New Sheriff

Amy Rigby has a new album out and already it's shaping up to be one of my favourites this year. I only discovered Rigby a couple of years ago, but I've been making up for lost time ever since as she's one of the best lyricists out there at the moment... and a pretty damned good blogger too.

As evidence of this, I could offer the opening track from The Old Guys, From philiproth@gmail to (no, that really is its title) in which the novelist comes to terms with the songwriter who stole his Nobel prize.

Or I could offer Are We Still There Yet? with its longing-for-simpler-times nostalgia ("turn the radio off / So we can choose between CD and cassette") - but I'll probably save that for a Mid-Life Crisis tune.         

Or what about Bob, a eulogy to the old friend that introduced Amy to Lou Reed, who she remembers every time she drinks an egg crème? You won't hear a better "happy / sad" song this year...  

Truth is, I could happily share any of the songs on this album as there's not a duff one among them, but my current favourite is this, a menacing revenge song with a chorus that will go down very well with fans of Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos or Breaking Bad...

In my mind, I'm Nucky Thompson
In my mind, I'm Tony Soprano
In my mind... I'M WALTER WHITE...


1 comment:

  1. I haven’t bought one of her albums since Diary of a Mad Housewife many many years ago. That’s just plain wrong. Would like to check out her work with Wreckless Eric too. Haven’t heard a note.


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