Infinite Shuffle

January 3, 2010

10 – Ladyhawke

Filed under: L, New Zealand — assman41 @ 12:01 am

Up to this point, every band or artist I’ve reviewed can lay claim to putting out at least one album that I have absolutely loved from beginning to end — well, except for Bat For Lashes.

That isn’t quite the case with Ladyhawke. Her self-titled debut includes some of my favorite songs from the past year, but it also has a lot of filler I could do without.

Ladyhawke is the stage name of Phillipa “Pip” Brown, a 30-year-old singer/songwriter from New Zealand who looks and sounds like a hybrid of a slew of popular ’80s singers — such as Pat Benatar, Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Wilde, Debbie Gibson, Terri Nunn and Dale Bozzio.

And like her predecessors, Ladyhawke produces solid new wave/indie rock tinged with plenty of electronica to keep the hipsters dancing. The problem is that, while her singles are incredibly catchy, she doesn’t quite sustain it for the entirety of the album.

That’s not to say I wouldn’t have a problem with repeated listens to Ladyhawke, but more than likely, I’ll stick to just playing my faves, which include “Back of the Van,” “My Delirium” and “Paris Is Burning.”

Just go to her MySpace page and try not to get hooked on that trio of songs.

Ladyhawke – Back Of The Van

Ladyhawke – My Delerium

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3 Comments »

  1. […] … Listing this album among my favorites might seem a bit hypocritical considering what I previously said about it. But those three singles are so good, that it at least deserved a mention here. … […]

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  2. […] but what can I say? Some bands put out great albums, while others just have great singles (e.g. Ladyhawke). You should at least give Airborne Toxic Event a chance — or perhaps a second chance — […]

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  3. […] I wasn’t a very big fan of Ladyhawke’s self-titled debut as a whole, it did at least have a few really great songs. The same cannot be said for their […]

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