Now, this is a blast from the past.
This, her first solo effort, certainly captures the sound and vibe of that period perfectly. Her fragile vocals (but with a clear pop bent) compete (successfully) with jangly guitars (a lot of them from Dando) and medium-paced rhythms.
Her lyrics feel like they’ve been penned by some Ethan Hawke/Winona Ryder character (and the cover art could indeed be Ms.Ryder). There’s that self-conscious/self-loathing vibe that all sensitive slackers aimed for.
There’s nothing outrageously path-breaking on here. I suspect if you handed this to the ‘youth of today’ they’d shrug their shoulders and tweet back that they don’t get it.
But for me it recalls a simpler time when these little songs sounded like they were expositions of a tender soul. The pairing of Ugly and Everybody Loves Me But You showcase an insecure young woman, while Nirvana is the classic tortured rockout for jumping around your bedroom.
I See You is also a cute homage to the brave men and women of ER (ICU… get it??):
File under: You probably needed to be there