New York-based Nellie McKay was barely out of her teens when she recorded her ambitious debut LP Get Away from Me. Over 18 tracks, she touched on everything from hip-hop to cabaret; straight-ahead pop to electro-folk. Her lyrics, too, ran the gamut - mixing issues of politics, relationships, gender identity, and random pop references in one messy blender. Overall, while the girl could certainly be accused of over-reaching, her talent was undeniable, and Get Away from Me, at its best, had a sprightly effervescence and energy that promised even better things to come.
We shall soon find out if McKay lives up to that promise, with the October release of her second record, Pretty Little Head. This one, apparently, will feature duets with k.d. lang and Cyndi Lauper(!). Color me intrigued.
In the meantime, here are a few highlights from 2004's Get Away from Me...
[MP3] [left-click] "Ding Dong"
[MP3] [left-click] "Waiter"
[MP3] [left-click] "David"