Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
The first few notes of “Less Than” are played on some kind of synthesizer so it sounds like some funky 1986 tune. There’s definitely a new wave-ish sound to this. Very 80s pop. I picture Ducky dancing to the first song.
“Too Emotional” is a straight up folk song with guitar and solid lyrics. Very nicely written. I like this one a lot.
On “These Walls” she goes back to the folky guitar style. I like this much better than the 80s dance stuff.
Title track, “I am Not Your Puzzle to Solve” has an almost flamenco sound to it. Very nice.
She does a cover of Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love”. Before it came on I was thinking that many her songs leading up to it sounded like that one and so I was not surprised to hear that she covered it.
I am confused as to why she would blend two such disparate styles on one CD. It seems like most people will like every other song, but not every single one. I like her folky pop style, not so much her faster songs. Just a personal preference, I’m sure there will be others who will have a fondness for the other songs. I’m not saying she doesn’t do both styles well, I just prefer one over the other (and I AM a child of the 80s, in case you think I’m a teeny bopper).
If you like both of these styles, give this CD a chance.
Posted on March 2, 2005
1. Less Than
2. Too Emotional
4. These Walls
5. Moody Moody Guitar Boy
6. I am Not Your Puzzle to Solve
7. Everyone’s a Loser
8. Darkly Slanted
9. You’ll Never Know
10. Addicted to Love
11. Nothin’ to Believe In