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Album Review

For many years in the alternative revolution of the early '90s, Mary Lou Lord was touted as the next big thing by those in the know, but she never delivered a full-length album, preferring to turn out a series of indie EPs on Kill Rock Stars. It wasn't until 1998 that she released her full-length debut, Got No Shadow. While many of the titles on the album may be familiar to longtime fans — "Lights Are Changing," "Some Jingle Jangle Morning," "Western Union Desperate," "Subway" — the clean, polished sound of Got No Shadow might come as surprise. But the production actually does a nice job of opening up her sound, making it accessible like a Shawn Colvin record without losing integrity. Some critics may carp that Lord wrote or co-wrote seven of the 13 tracks of the record, with the rest of the songs devoted to covers of her longtime associate Nick Saloman (the Bevis Frond), and one tune apiece from Elizabeth Cotton ("Shake Sugaree") and Freedy Johnston ("The Lucky One"), but that has the effect of strengthening the album, since there isn't a weak song here. Lord has a sweet, thin voice that is surprisingly versatile, and she delivers Saloman's songs as convincingly as her own. Got No Shadow is a little subdued, but Lord's charming performances, clever lyrics, and catchy melodies prove remarkably resonant. It may not have the unvarnished appeal of the early EPs and tapes, but Got No Shadow was worth waiting for.

Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

surprised no one wrote about this yet. this is a really good album. my fave song is some jingle jangle morning but all the songs are great.

An overlooked gem

One of my favorite albums. Some argue that this LP is overproduced - the first time MLL uses a band instead of relying on her sweet voice and acoustic guitar. But "Got No Shadow" offers hook after hook. Look for Elliott Smith accompanying on folk standard "Shake Sugaree" and Shawn Colvin singing backup on "Subway", along with some other impressive guest musicians. Overall, this is an easy, breezy, memorable record. Sidebar: Mary Lou's place in rock legend is secured by the bizarre and hilarious image of this tiny, elfin busker being chased down the Sunset Strip by an enraged, circa 1994 Courtney Love.

Lord's best album to date!!

This album is amazing. I am in love with every single song on here. The Lucky One is a must listen...heck, listen to and buy the entire album!!


Born: May 1, 1965 in Salem, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Playing her way from the subways and streets of London and Boston, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Mary Lou Lord broke into the indie rock scene in 1994 on the Kill Rock Stars label. After appearing on a KRS compilation, Lord released a self-titled EP in 1995 and a second EP, Martian Saints, in early 1997. Got No Shadow, her major-label debut with Sony Music's WORK Group, was released in 1998. Lord's interest in music started when she worked as a DJ for a college radio station in the Boston area...
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