We talk about a lot of serious musicians pouring their guts out on lots of sad songs around here. It’s the kind of music I think needs the press and the attention, but sometimes a person needs something a little lighter.
When I got the news that my paycheck was being reduced by an as of yet, unknown amount I dealt with it the only way I know how; whiskey and humor. The next morning, upon returning to work, I was the one who needed to reach for something lighter so I queued up Amanda Blank’s debut album, I Love You.
I’ve been rocking this album off and on for a few months now and even though it is far from the standard 9b fare I’ve had it on my list of albums to write about for just as long. I Love You is a rap (notice I did not say hiphop)/dance/club album along the lines of M.I.A. or Santigold that manages to also be hyper-sexual w/o being as annoying as Peaches. It features all the usual suspects you would expect; Diplo, Switch, Spank Rock! as well as Santigold. Some of the more interesting tracks are the LL Cool J remake/remix of “I Need Love”, the pure 80’s mall pop sound of “Shame On Me” and the complete early 90’s industrial club stylings of “Make Up” but it’s the nothing spectacular but catchy as hell meat of the album such as “Something Bigger, Something Better” and “Gimmie What You Got” that keep me reaching for the cd over and over.
So, if you suddenly find yourself in need of something that’s heavy on gas and light on substance to play at high volume on a Saturday night….Amanda Blank might scratch your itch.