Sometimes my initial response to new music is, "Wow, that’s really, um, different." And by different, I mean bad. But sometimes different is good, as in the case of Different, the debut album from Elizabeth Street.
Elizabeth Street is not related to Pikaboo Street; actually it’s a duo, made up of vocalist Susan Kolbenheyer and guitarist/bassist Greg Pearce. Kolbenheyer has an earthy, expressive voice that moves easily from the mellow, folksy-acoustic tracks on the album to driving power-pop songs with a discernable punk influence. The sophisticated melodies blend perfectly with lyrics reflecting the silliness of childhood, with song titles like The Eyeball People and Really Gross.
The album was recorded in a home studio, making it different (in a good way) from so much mass-produced kids music, and enjoyable for even the most extreme music-snob parents. Not that you’re one of them, of course.
Sample a few tracks before you score your own copy at CD Baby. –Amy
WIN IT! An autographed copy of Different, made out to your very own kids. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight tonight with the answer to the question: What’s the name of the first track on the album?