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Nellie McKay has proven to be too complex a musical artist to be a simple pop star. For 2010’s Home Sweet Mobile Home, there’s plenty of variety. “Caribbean Time,” “Bodega!,” “Unknown Reggae” and “Caribbean Light” head down to the islands for a little reggae and calypso. “Beneath the Underdog” transplants those grooves into a New York state of mind. “Bruise On the Sky” is a bright pop tune with a dark world outlook. (“What I hoped would be my rainbow, was just a bruise on the sky.”) “No Equality” adds horns to its funky base. “Adios” uses a ukulele to gets its point across. “Please” features the kind of spooky mood heard on the works of singer Sam Phillips. “Dispossessed” echoes the exuberant flow of New Orleans jazz. “Coosada Blues” and “Bluebird” take the jazz into a smoky nightclub for a little slow romance. “The Portal” is a quiet piece of sensitive singer-songwriting where her voice plays against itself in elegant harmony.

Customer Reviews

Nellie, evolved.

There were good moments on the Doris Day tribute, but I was hoping to hear Nellie pick up where she left off at Obligatory Villagers. And she does. The songwriting is pure Nellie: snarky, dark, stark, melodic and sentimental. Pretty Little Head and Obligatory Villagers were very different, and Mobile Home continues that. But this time there's an edge - she's older, and it shows. She's settling into her vocal style and refining it, as well as her songwriting and arrangements. Nellie fans will notice less piano on this, more guitar and the horns and vocal banter is back :)

The Pappas/McKay production team works well. Don't change it!

Truly Great

Full disclosure: I'm a huge Nellie McKay fan. Even so, I like to think of myself as fair. For example, I thought that "Pretty Little Head" had moments of brilliance but I didn't "love it." Now "Home Sweet Mobile Home," I love it. I've listened to it over and over this week, which for me is saying something. I never listen to something over and over unless I love it, and those albums come along very infrequently. This one is immensely listenable. The music is great and Nellie's voice is fantastic. The lyrics are as sharp as ever (Nellie is one smart woman) but they're so intertwined with the melodies that they might be missed unless you take the time to really listen. I just love the whole thing. There are some songs that I just can't get out of my head such as "Bruise on the Sky" and "Bodega!" and "Caribbean Light" - who am I kidding, I'm going to go listen to the whole thing again!

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Good music finally


Born: April 13, 1982 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Get Away from Me, the title of singer/songwriter Nellie McKay's debut album, was a play on two titles by romantic female vocalists who became popular in the early 2000s: Norah Jones' Come Away with Me and Jane Monheit's Come Dream with Me. But while McKay shares some of Jones' and Monheit's influences -- vocal jazz, cabaret, pre-rock Brill Building pop, torch singing -- and has some things in common with them melodically, it would be a huge mistake to lump her in with Jones, Monheit, and Diana Krall....
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