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Album Review

Sometimes rowdy, frequently playful, and brimming with spark, the debut album by Canadian pop singer Lowell (Elizabeth Lowell Boland) covers a lot of ground over its 12 tracks. From suggestive, digital sludge-pop romps like "Cloud 69" to good-natured, socially minded affirmations like the catchy cheer leading of "LGBT," We Loved Her Dearly puts the young Torontonian's variety on full display. Brought to life by a committee of producers that includes Swedish veteran Martin Terefe (Ron Sexsmith, Train, KT Tunstall) and British songwriter Paul Herman (Corinne Bailey Rae, Emeli Sande), along with several others, the album contains a host of great ideas and sounds, but with all those cooks in the kitchen, it can sometimes feel a bit unfocused. Much of the music rambles along in a state of distorted experimentalism with a mix of synths and compressed rhythms reminiscent of early MGMT, while Lowell's unique voice casually dips and dives through a variety of impressive ranges. Her more minimalist summer pop efforts on "Summertime" and "Palm Trees" are lovely and engaging, while the laid-back, midtempo charmer "The Bells" coasts along with a distant warmth and a group chorus of "where'd the beat go" that sounds dangerously close to Sparks' similar group chant from their 2002 cut "The Rhythm Thief." Meanwhile, Lowell's themes of affirmation and feminism are quite refreshing on inspiring cuts like "Words Were the Wars" and "I Love You Money." We Loved Her Dearly shows a lot of promise and there's plenty to like about Lowell's attitude and talent, but some gentle tightening of her vision would go a long way in strengthening her image.

Customer Reviews

Catchy Debut!

Catchy, summery, pop songs with some serious undertones. Class privilege, social reproduction of hatred towards those who identify as LGBT, misogyny, and many more issues are covered. The juxtaposition of poppy backdrops and serious lyrics makes for an interesting listen.

Key tracks:
The Bells: This is the hit. Catchy, atmospheric, smooth. “Where’d the beat go?”
Palm Tree: Heard this in Starbucks for the first time. Good song to drink coffee to.
I love you money: Catchy chorus. “you live in a man’s world, I tell you I don’t want to anymore.”
Tell Me What You Want Me To Do: Bouncy Beat. “how can I help you if I don’t know how you feel this way?”

This album is definitely worth a listen!


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Lowell is a Canadian indie pop singer/songwriter based in Toronto. Born Elizabeth Lowell Boland in Calgary, she traveled widely across Canada and the U.S. before ending up at the University of Toronto. After leaving school to follow her muse, she was brought to the attention of Ron Sexsmith's manager Michael Dixon, who passed her music on to Swedish producer Martin Terefe. When she traveled to London to work with Terefe on her own music, he ended up recruiting her to contribute to his own project,...
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