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Esthero - Wikked Lil' Grrrls [PA] [Digipak] *


Format: CD
Label: Reprise
Catalog: 47931
Rel. Date: 06/28/2005
UPC: 093624793120

Wikked Lil' Grrrls [PA] [Digipak] *
Artist: Esthero
Format: CD
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Is there any point to bitching about the state of music today-especially when you make it? Wouldn't it make more sense to just, you know, make better music and let the rest sort itself out? Not according to these two female singers who keynote their new CDs with some of the most insufferable whining you're ever going to hear, regardless of subject.

Leela James' "Music" moans about lack of originality over the most tired fifth generation D'Angelo/Angie Stone rip-off around; even if you agree that R&B would be better off "put[ting] away the thongs," it's hard not to blanch at the carload of spinach James force-feeds us. Her debut is adamantly good-for-you, from the title Sam Cooke number (a song no one needs to cover again) to the slow-jam version of No Doubt's "Don't Speak" (a song no one needed to cover ever). The only time A Change Is Gonna Come picks up is with the last track, titled "Long Time Coming." You don't say, Leela.

At least James has an appealingly husky voice and some beats. Esthero, on the other hand, just rants stupidly over the post-Avril version of the crappy trip-hop she made in the late '90s (meaning the drums are "rock" rather than "downtempo" here) on the grotesque "We R in Need of a Musical ReVoLuTIoN!" "All I see is Ashanti on the video," she mewls, her distaste for mainstream pop contradicted by her plain desire to join it. (Nice AutoTuner on the vocal, by the way.) Esthero's "revolution" seems to revolve around delusions of grandeur, which makes sense once you hear the third-rate show-tunes she fills her album out with. Back in the late '90s, she mimicked Portishead's Beth Gibbons; now she wants to be Nellie McKay. But on Wikked Lil' Grrrls, it all adds up to Bif Naked.

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