Album Review: Reclining Female by Monique Ortiz

Album Name: Reclining Female
Artist: Monique Ortiz
Year/Label: 2006 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Monique Ortiz normally fronts the excellent Bourbon Princess, but this is a collection of demos.

We get Ortiz solo with her bass and guitar. It works mostly since her raw delivery thrives in such a restrained setting.

Her similarities with Polly Harvey are obvious on “Minor Key” a haunting song that sees her androgynous singing at its best.

The lovely “DMY” is a curious track where Ortiz harmonies seem to take on a life of their own.

“Yellowest Leaves” is crisp and clear like early autumn. Ortiz’ fluid playing is better than ever.

“Reclining Female” is a little rough around the edges but none the worse for it. It makes for fascinating listening.

Posted on September 27, 2006

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Reclining Female
2. Minor Key
3. D M Y
4. Motherless Girls
5. Yellowest Leaves
6. Patch Bay
7. Three Chairs
8. Final Call
9. Bunny Face
10. Laydown

[Monique Ortiz Official Site]


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