11 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s no surprise that both Rolling Stone and Spin magazines named Columbus, Ohio’s Lydia Loveless an artist who readers need to know. Loveless captures an honesty in her songs and in her performances, demanding that people listen. She plays with her band flawlessly, as if she’s already been around the bar circuit for a lot longer than her 23 years. The electric guitars from Todd May sound like a cross between Keith Richards, Scott “Top Ten” Kempner, and Eric “Roscoe” Ambel of The Del-Lords, with a slicing rhythmic efficiency that’s been at the heart of rock ’n’ roll ever since Richards took Chuck Berry’s licks and worked them into his own signature five-string open tuning. Whether it’s “Wine Lips,” “Chris Isaak,” or “To Love Somebody,” the band comes together to seriously kick out these jams. The album’s opening cut, “Really Wanna See You,” sounds like a Stones song already in progress. Her previous recordings (2011’s Indestructible Machine and 2013’s Boy Crazy EP) were excellent, but Somewhere Else takes her music somewhere special.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s no surprise that both Rolling Stone and Spin magazines named Columbus, Ohio’s Lydia Loveless an artist who readers need to know. Loveless captures an honesty in her songs and in her performances, demanding that people listen. She plays with her band flawlessly, as if she’s already been around the bar circuit for a lot longer than her 23 years. The electric guitars from Todd May sound like a cross between Keith Richards, Scott “Top Ten” Kempner, and Eric “Roscoe” Ambel of The Del-Lords, with a slicing rhythmic efficiency that’s been at the heart of rock ’n’ roll ever since Richards took Chuck Berry’s licks and worked them into his own signature five-string open tuning. Whether it’s “Wine Lips,” “Chris Isaak,” or “To Love Somebody,” the band comes together to seriously kick out these jams. The album’s opening cut, “Really Wanna See You,” sounds like a Stones song already in progress. Her previous recordings (2011’s Indestructible Machine and 2013’s Boy Crazy EP) were excellent, but Somewhere Else takes her music somewhere special.

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