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wears the trousers albums of the decade #75-51

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Here’s the second part of our albums of the decade countdown, running from #75–51.

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Róisín Murphy

[EMI, 2007]

Of all the critical droolfests that failed to ignite on the commercial front this decade, Róisín Murphy’s second solo album is among the most inexplicable damp squibs. The ex-Moloko frontwoman may have shed the avant-garde experimentalism of her solo debut Ruby Blue in favour of full-on disco diva mode, set against a backdrop of thumping, shimmering state-of-the-art production, but it seems the world wasn’t ready to accept even Murphy’s toned down personality quirks. That’s a real shame for although Overpowered is not without its flaws, there is a sense of playful grandeur here that can easily toe the line with Goldfrapp at their most teasing.

Chris Catchpole

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spinnerette: spinnerette (2009)


Spinnerette ••••

Brody Dalle won a legion of fans during her days as the liberty spike and gravel yell sporting lead of punk stars The Distillers. Their 2003 release Coral Fang saw a somewhat maturer take on the thrashy distortion of the previous year’s fierce Sing Sing Death House and 2000’s black-eyed low-budget debut, but proved to be their last, ushering in an acrimonious split. Maintaining both her silence and dignity through the band’s dissolution and her very public divorce from Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, the punk queen took a few years out of the clamouring media spotlight, a period which included parental bereavement, marriage to new beau Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, motherhood, and the creation of new outfit Spinnerette. Initially joined by QOTSA’s Alain Johannes, Jack Irons (Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and former Distillers comrade Tony Bevilaqua, Dalle has since been at pains to qualify the term ‘band’, adamantly stating that Spinnerette is essentially her, supported by “whichever musicians I want to work with at the time”. This assertiveness is both impressive and overdue, and should help dispel the sporadic, disparaging whispers that she relies on her musician husbands to bolster her own repertoire.

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free music friday: spinnerette
June 12, 2009, 11:06 am
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‘Rebellious Palpitations’

Rising up from the cinders of the ugly demise of LA rockers The Distillers comes the whirling scuzz-rock dervish of Spinnerette, who, despite their crappy name, have defied the Brody Dalle haters and satisfied the lovers with an updated, sexier sound that takes some of the edge off their frontwoman’s serrating, bratty snarl but never lets up on the attitude. When asked in an interview how the two bands differ, Brody replied “Think of all the differences between a girl and a woman – Spinnerette is a full grown woman: smart, good looking and opinionated. She’s refined without being anal. But she’ll still knock you around and get drunk in front of your mom.” Keen to stress that Spinnerette is not a real band but a revolving cast of musicians behind her, Brody’s new songs clearly come from a personal place. Early songs like ‘Impaler’ were written all the way back in 2005 when Brody was pregnant with her daughter Camille.

‘Rebellious Palpitations’ is the first all-new track we’ve heard off the self-titled album in a while and it’s more of the same melodic, danceable rock we heard on the Ghetto Love EP earlier this year. Cleverly layered guitars add to the tumult of Brody’s emotionally raw delivery of lyrics about drugs and cheap sex as the all but indecipherable backing vocals give the song an edgy tension. All in all it makes a convincing and impressive case for everyone to pay close attention to Brody’s newfound interest in musicality over chaos. Spinnerette is out on Monday (June 15th). MP3 after the jump.

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brody dalle puts the spin on new album
November 18, 2008, 3:32 pm
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Spinnerette to self-release debut in the US in February 

Brody Dalle has been talking to NME about the forthcoming debut from her new band Spinnerette, featuring Alain Johannes of Queens Of The Stone Age and fellow ex-Distiller Tony Bevilacqua on guitars, and original Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons. The former Distillers frontwoman revealed that the as yet untitled album was originally planned to come out through Sire Records but the band backed out of the deal, opting to independently release it themselves. “I’m not interested in getting entangled into the system,” said Dalle, “I walked out with my record, thank god, and I’m really grateful for that.”

Written mostly on bass and Wurlitzer and partly on guitar, the album is largely influenced by the birth of Brody’s daughter with Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme in 2006 and by the death of her father in 2007. “It’s been like a firestorm the past couple of years…deaths and redemption, salvation, religious themes – it’s all in there.”

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