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Lindsay Lou (from the album Queen of Time on Kill Rock Stars Nashville) (by Lee Zimmerman)
It’s hard to get a handle on Lindsay Lou. She holds obvious reverence for past precedents, as evidenced by her carefully considered cover of Billy Swan’s Country classic “I Can Help” and the Bluegrass strains of a song simply called “Rules.” Yet she also plays the role of a Pop princess on the oddly juxtaposed “Pop Princess”, a song that revolves around a telephone call with her late grandmother, who she worshipped and adored. It’s one of two tracks culled from their conversations.
Whatever reason she has for veering in those different directions, she had an imposing cast of contributors to help her find her way. Billy Strings, Jerry Douglas, guitarist Anthony da Costa, and seasoned dobro player Anders Beck are all along for the ride, adding supple shadings to her more delicate designs. Indeed, Lindsay leans heavily on sweetness and serenity, as reflected in such songs as the subdued album opener, “Nothing Else Matters”, and the tangled tapestry of its follow-up song “Nothing’s Working”. That particular song title aside, most of the music finds her effortlessly engaged, a comeback of sorts from the sadness she felt over the loss of her beloved grandmother and the disintegration of her marriage.
Nevertheless, honesty and optimism overlap throughout this endeavor, and the title track in particular finds her both confident and carefree.
‘What a thrill it is not to be needed
What a drag it is to be all thrills…
I have learned to love the work that I do
I have not yet learned to love it when you make it harder
I’m a wishing well, I’m a wishing well
Well well, well well’
Granted, there’s certain sense of contradiction wafting through these songs, which, of course, one might chalk up to the fact that she’s still at the start of her career. Yet, there’s more than a hint of wisdom and wistfulness at play as well. Those qualities are especially evident on the mellower strains of “Needed”, the decided drive and determination of “Shame”, and the quiet contemplation of “Silent”.
In a sense, Queen of Time is an introspective album, one that allows Lindsay Lou to vent her emotions as a kind of catharsis. In so doing, she lures her listeners in. (by Lee Zimmerman)
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