Monday, July 14, 2008
CD Review: Deni Bonet - Last Girl On Earth
Deni Bonet - Last Girl On Earth
2008, M.R2 Records
Deni Bonet has played with everyone from Sarah McLachlan to Daniel Lanois; The Indigo Girls; Shawn Colvin; Richard Thompson; Warren Zevon, Bruce Cockburn and many, many others. She has spent years supporting and filling out the sound of other artists, and now has decided to bring her own sound to the fore. On Last Girl On Earth, the New York City based artist brings a vivacious and lyrical sound that you absolutely have to hear.
Last Girl On Earth is one of those albums that is at times absolutely inspired and at others tired and derivative. Too Much Fun shows the spark of joy that should go with rock and pop music. Don't Turn Away From Love has the sort of ska-horn section one might expcct from the Mighty, Mighty Bosstones. Here there is energy and light and it ends up soinding like Deni Bonet had fun making this recording. Also notable are punk-celtic tinged I Want To Get Arrested, F456 It, and the remake of Word Up.
Where songs don't work it's because the recording comes across as just a little bit flat. Whether this is a production issue I can not say for certain, but Deni Bonet does not give the impression of a low-energy performer. In general, Last Girl On Earth is a solid album, and worthy of at least a listen. It will be a little too straight forward for some readers, but will definitely find an audience.
Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Deni Bonet at www.denibonet.com. You can purchase a copy of Last Girl On Earth at www.cdbaby.com/deni2.