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When her first LP appeared in 2000, Nowottny was a mysterious, compelling teenage freak of nature from the wilds of New Jersey making surreal, completely unique art songs, and doing it with astounding panache and bravado for a 16-year-old. She was definitely an acquired taste -- her small following adored her, the rest of the world put their fingers in their ears. She disappeared for a while, and now returns as a grown-up young woman with obvious aspirations of becoming a pop diva. There's still plenty of artistry here -- the lyrics are sly and funny, the production and arrangements beautiful -- but these are actual songs, in a laidback pop mode somewhere between Shakira and Debbie Harry. She's still a beauty (check out her video on youtube, shot at Coney Island), and the best songs here -- including the reggae-ish "All Over the World" and the wonderfully silly "Kung Fu Kitty" -- make a strong argument that she's ready for the big time.


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Marianne (pronounced Mah-ri-ah-na) Wilhelmine Nowottny created some of the boldest and bizarre music of her generation; her deep, voluptuous voice and torchy, cabaret-style songwriting were separated by an unbridgeable gap from the MTV-purveyed, homogenized strip-mall music that the majority of her peers devoured. In the eighth grade, Nowottny, who busied herself writing poetry, met a like-minded and classically trained pianist named Donna Bailey. The two soon began collaborating musically under...
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What Is She Doing?, Marianne Nowottny
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock
  • Released: Sep 18, 2007

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