9 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lydia Loveless' sophomore release, Indestructible Machine, sees the alt-country spitfire exploding into a country-punk fireball. “Bad Way To Go” makes clear the road ahead. There are more barbed-wire guitars, more songs with Loveless spewing what’s on her mind with the color of a gin-soaked sailor on leave, and truckloads more of her redhaired fury. Loveless easily earns the “punk” half of the country-punk label here (she did do some time as a youth the punk scene of Columbus, Ohio). Songs like “Can’t Change Me” and “More Like Them” are full of big, chugging guitars and aggressive percussion; “Jesus Was a Wino” and “Do Right” surge on amphetamine snares and nervy banjo. When Loveless isn’t telling funny stories (the fictional “Steve Earle” is a hoot) or delivering a verbal bitch-slap with her powerhouse voice, she’s lamenting another hangover or her bad behavior. “My mouth is like a sinking boat / I keep pouring words out, hopin’ I can keep afloat,” she almost apologizes. We forgive you, Lydia. Carry on.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lydia Loveless' sophomore release, Indestructible Machine, sees the alt-country spitfire exploding into a country-punk fireball. “Bad Way To Go” makes clear the road ahead. There are more barbed-wire guitars, more songs with Loveless spewing what’s on her mind with the color of a gin-soaked sailor on leave, and truckloads more of her redhaired fury. Loveless easily earns the “punk” half of the country-punk label here (she did do some time as a youth the punk scene of Columbus, Ohio). Songs like “Can’t Change Me” and “More Like Them” are full of big, chugging guitars and aggressive percussion; “Jesus Was a Wino” and “Do Right” surge on amphetamine snares and nervy banjo. When Loveless isn’t telling funny stories (the fictional “Steve Earle” is a hoot) or delivering a verbal bitch-slap with her powerhouse voice, she’s lamenting another hangover or her bad behavior. “My mouth is like a sinking boat / I keep pouring words out, hopin’ I can keep afloat,” she almost apologizes. We forgive you, Lydia. Carry on.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
38 Ratings
38 Ratings
Voodoo Child ,

Anti Swift

Lydia Loveless is everything female country artists arn't these days, she's whiskey soaked, foul mouthed and intelligent. This is the album that would make Taylor Swift run screaming for the hills. The tales here are about drunken nights, foggy mornings, heartbreak and one of America's greatest songwriters who just won't leave her alone ("Steve Earle"). The sound on this album is classic alt country, think the Old 97's in their prime fronted by a woman. Lydia's voice is a knock out, and to think that she is capable of work this strong at 21 shows much promise. Once again Bloodshot Records have hit a home run. Do yourself a favor and check this one out, you won't regret it!

James Price ,

The talent is amazing

I'm gonna keep this short and sweet. This girl has talent. She is country, punk and tons of attitude. If you like MUSIC, you better buy this. If you don't like it, you don't like MUSIC!

Youmom449 ,

Unknown

I'm not a fan of country music. But I'm not sure if I'd classify this album as country.... It's just a healthy dose of pure F'n awesome. Hopefully future albums are like this one. I love it. But I can't seem to get into the previous work. Buy it! You'll love it.

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