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Late Night Heartbroken Blues

Miss Li

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Album Review

Miss Li's debut album introduced her scrappy, exuberant, modern take on classic cabaret-style jazz-pop. It's definitely not the sort of music you'd expect from a Swedish twenty-something, which makes this, at least initially, a very striking release, and it's undeniably a blast of energy, though there is something vaguely bland and tiresome about it in spite of its zesty exterior. The basic M.O. is established right off the bat, in the brief title track, with its handclaps, swingin' oompah rhythm, and brassily belted barstool tale of a night of boozing (the opening count-off turns out to be the number of beers she's drinking) leading to a desperate, meaningless one-night-stand, complete with spoken aside. From there on we get hot 'n' bothered torch ballads ("Give It to Me"), slinky shuffles ("Backstabber Lady"), jokey piano ditties ("I'm So Poor Won't You Lend Me Some Money"), and so forth; a survey of show tuney styles that doesn't come off as self-conscious pastiche so much as earnest if amateurish genre work. Fortunately - crucially - Li does have the pipes to pull it off, and perhaps even more importantly, the attitude: she attacks the material with a gusto that can't help but be a little infectious, clearly having too much fun to worry about whether she sounds corny. It's a perfectly apt approach for such unabashedly theatrical music, but it's a little hard to shake the notion that this is just a girl playing dress-up, and despite some seriously accomplished instrumental contributions from her bandmates, Li's rather hamfisted piano playing creates the sense that she's still in rehearsal. Still, there are a few tunes that display some promise on the songwriting front, typically those which don't overplay the jazzy/cabaret angle but offer a bit more genuine sentiment, such as the lighthearted piano pop of "Seems Like We Lost It," the sweet, simple waltz-ballad "High on You," and, in a different direction, the bluegrass-fueled rave-up "Bring It Up," a duet with guitarist Sonny Boy Gustafsson. Not too shabby for a first act. ~ K. Ross Hoffman, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Harshest Itunes "album review" ever

Easily the harshest Itunes "album review" i've ever read. Personally, i don't find anything bland about this album. Compared to what? Miss Li brings a lot of energy and gusto to her songs, fine if you don't like them there's no way everyone will. But i'll take and Miss Li "playing dress up" over most of what's on the radio these days. thanks for the condescending (kind of sexist) review of what i think is a strong album for those of us who like modern-cabaret music. my guess is that whoever K. Ross Hoffman is he doesn't like this kind of music but fancies himself the kind of snobass who is so adept at the art of the musical review he's entitled to level fairly personal attacks on musicians, and he's hardly alone, there's a buncha hipsters with loads of college debt, self-entitlement and demos no one wants to listen to write for music blogs.* it just seems strange that itunes would publish his review of a record they're-in theory-trying to SELL you.

To recap:
Miss Li: Yay!
Late Night Heartbroken Blues: Yay!
K Ross Hoffman: Tool!
People Born After WWII Who Go By An Initial Instead of a First Name: Usually Tools! *

So sample-listen to the tracks it's a fun album!

*see K-Ross personal attacks are just petty and unhelpful, aren't?

New Fan of Miss Li

I was recently introduced to Miss Li's music. I absolutely LOVE her! Her voice is so beautiful yet unigue and the songs are so catchy. My 12 year old heard Oh Boy once and had it stuck in her head. I hope Miss Li goes far with her talents!

Awesome!!

Forget where I first heard her, but love her. She's got a fantastic voice, and great lyrics.

Biography

Born: 1982 in Borlänge, Sweden

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Linda Carlsson had been a singer her whole life, exploring everything from rock to blues, jazz, Broadway, even opera and metal, and performing in a variety of shows and bands, but it wasn't until 2006 that the then-24-year-old Swede launched her career in earnest, transforming herself into Miss Li and embarking on a string of releases that was notably prolific and not a little precocious. Accompanying herself on the piano despite not having played the instrument since she was required to at school,...
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