3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2007
Another fine album from Kelly, produced by the legend that is Chuck Prophet with co-writes from hubby Bruce Robison and singer songwriter Jules Shear. Also covers of Iggy Pop's 'Success' with The Gourds on backing vocals and Adam Green's retro-cool brilliant 'Teddy Boys'.
The album is as per usual from Kelly, a mix of Pop, Americana, Alt-Country and is currently number 2 in the Americana Charts.
My other stand-out tracks are the toe-tapping lead off track 'Nobody Wants To Go To The Moon Anymore', Sweet Little One, the very Spectorish and my fave track 'Don't Know Why' 'Sweet Sundown' 'I Must Be Lucky' and the ballad title track. Thoroughly enjoyable play.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It might be a fact that the last place you'd expect to find a cover of an Iggy Pop song is on a country album, never mind one by Kelly Willis. And if, by some miracle, that's where you found it then I doubt you'd expect it to be very good...but you'd be wrong.
In fact, Success may well be the highlight of Kelly Willis' first "proper" album in five years (because no one counts Christmas albums my dears); crucially however it is far from the only song worth investigating on the album and merely it appearance on the album in the first place gives a good indication of how varied the album is in terms of sound.
Teddy Boys opening guitar riffs evoke the spirit of Chuck Berry whilst Loving You, with it's banjo and pedal steel combination is much more traditionally country. The More I'm Around You brings to mind a 60's pop vibe whereas Don't Know Why has a much more 1980's country sound to it.
Incredibly though, the album hangs together as a cohesive work, helped by Willis and a fantastic band.
"New Country" can be said to be a lot of things; rarely however, is it quite as good as it is here.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2009
I really like this album. Kelly's voice is very relaxing to listen to and far better than a lot of current female Country singers. My favourite song is "Sweet Little One" and "Teddy Boys" is very good too. The cover version of the Iggy Pop song "Success" was a surprise, thankfully without the crudeness of the original song. If you're looking for a very good Country album this one is worth getting.