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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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings
41 Ratings
JeffK1964 ,

Fantastic!

Lydia is not destined for greatness, she's already arrived. This is the best album I've heard in years!

One part Lucinda Williams, one part Emmylou Harris, and a touch of Patti Smith.

RichardRZSZ ,

Simply Fantastic!

That next great album you've been looking for is right here. If you're constantly searching for music to make you feel something, include meaningful lyrics and have a great sound... This is your album.

4Stringerman ,

Diggin' her sound and the band

Very very good stuff. Rocking vocals and band.

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