As a 40 something white male, I'm not the demographic for this album, and my normal reaction to the likes of "Troubled Singer" Amy Winehouse, Kate Allen, Lily Nash etc is to flip the off button.
So I was surprised - and pleased - to find that this is a very good album on the whole. Its good points are
1. The Music - though it is full of the currently fashionable horns and 60s soul sound, it doesn't sound contrived or consciously "retro". On the contrary, it sounds very contemporary - the sort of thing that gives "pop" a good name.
2. Singer Imani Coppola has a great voice
3. When the songs work - which is at least 7 of the 11 tracks - they are catchy, full of humour and wry observation.
On the negative side, there are a few let downs. The lyrics are sometimes embarassingly awful - "men are from Mars, women are from Venus, we think with our minds, they think with their penis" being possibly the worst example while the final track is a cliched "we had it tough as kids but we all looked after each other" with a hip-hop by numbers tune. And some of the targets are a bit predictable.
That said, any album which contains songs as good as "28 Butts", in which the singer wonders how a childhood full of fun and promise has deteriorated into unemployment, cigarettes and booze, or as funny as "Cryin' for the Queen" which is a thinly veiled attack on the above mentioned "Troubled Singer" is definitely worth investigating