"Everything Is Expensive" by Esthero on iTunes

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Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5

80 Ratings

As good as it gets...


As a fan of her previous work, this new album did not disappoint. In fact, I would almost rate it as her best album to date. The lyrics are beautiful, the rhythms are contagious. A++



There is no doubt esthero is one of the best singers of our generation. With the amount of time it takes in between her albums you would think every one would be a masterpiece. They have been until this one. Standout tracks are black mermaid-go and crash. The other songs are so off losing the originality we have all loved esthero for in the first place. It's sounds as if this was her attempt to appeal to the masses to make it big. Which is a huge mistake because her true fans will surely be disenchanted with this effort. Esthero needs to evolve into a deeper trippy goddess she once was. Hopefully we will see that again....

About Esthero

Vocalist Esthero was born Jen-Bea Englishman on December 23, 1978, in Ontario, Canada. She moved to Toronto in 1996, and quickly became a fixture at the city's open mikes. There she met Doc (real name: Martin McKinney), an engineer and producer, and the two began working on a demo featuring his programming and her vocals. Sony eventually took interest, and suddenly Esthero went from a fledgling idea to a duo with Esthero's name as their own and a record, Breath from Another, issued in spring 1998 on the label's Work imprint. Breath's mix of beats, lush vocals, and fractured bits of programmed samples caught on perfectly with the trip-hop trend of the time, and Esthero had success with singles like Heaven Sent and the hip-hop-flavored title track.

However, it would take nearly seven years for a follow-up to appear. In the interim Esthero parted ways with Doc and struck out on her own, contributing vocals to projects like Black Eyed Peas' "Weekends" (2000). Signing with Reprise, she began work on new material, and returned officially in summer 2004 with the club single O.G. Bitch. Esthero followed the single in November of that year with We R in Need of a Musical Revolution, an EP that found her collaborating with Sean Lennon, Cee-Lo, and producer James Robertson (Skye Sweetnam) on a 21st century version of Breath's assemblage sound. The EP set up a full-length entitled Wikked Lil' Girls, which was slated for release in early 2005. ~ Johnny Loftus

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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