Lydia Loveless, Dirt Simple | Schubas | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., April 25, 10 p.m. 2014
Price: sold out
Ohio singer Lydia Loveless isn’t yet 24, but she’s shown remarkable growth over the course of three albums—the latest, the new Somewhere Else (Bloodshot), comes closest to fulfilling the promise of her outsize talent. In her lyrics, she pulls off the impressive trick of reflecting her youth (impatience, solipsism, impulsiveness) while also conveying emotions that connect people of all ages (desire, regret, loneliness). A couple of her songs mention how she felt when she was just 17—as if there were a huge gulf between 17 and 23—but even when she seems superficially immature, she builds in nuance deeper down. On “Chris Isaak” she remembers how she used to follow men around with “her head jammed up their ass,” and part of her seems sorry she doesn’t have the energy to do it anymore—she doesn’t miss the self-destructive obsession, just the intensity of feeling. The raucous, gritty sound of album opener “Really Wanna See You” matches the splatter of emotions on display—the narrator, high on coke at a party, calls an ex who’s since married someone else and quickly devolves from wondering how he’s doing to wallowing in grief and asking to kiss him. The title track recalls Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” right down to Stevie Nicks’s dusky soul, but elsewhere Loveless reminds me of a young Neko Case—she’s similarly brash, and she’s yet to learn complete control of her remarkable voice. For Somewhere Else she’s eased back on the boilerplate twang of her earlier albums—the raw, high-energy music is mostly a kind of genre-agnostic pop-rock—and her melodies, delivered with hair-raising gusto, sink into your brain fast. —Peter Margasak Loveless also plays on Sat 4/26 at 1 PM at Reckless Records on Broadway and Sun 4/27 at Schubas.



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