Lola Kirke : Lady For Sale Review
Lola Kirke is known for singing, songwriting, and screen performances (Mistress America, Gone Girl, or Mozart In The Jungle). Kirke is releasing her 10-song sophomore album showcasing her songs filled with lyrics of unselfconscious titled Lady For Sale. With the aid of producer Austin Jenkins, the album is an exploration of glam country twinged with tv commercial synth stylings and a high-spirited casualness that feels refreshing and familiar. The music is decidedly more easy-going and fun-loving than what we’ve expected from the country genre and the world in general, and Kirke’s vocals lead us to a feel-good space in a country atmosphere.
“Better Than Any Drug” has a pulsing synth and a slinky Dobro part. Kirke’s vocals are supported by layers of backing vocals as she playfully presents the melody. The melody has interesting high notes dispersed to add interest and character. Additionally, Kirke has a flirty speaking section that gives a new dimension to the song and form. “Better Than Any Drug” is not deep, just a fun glam country song for our enjoyment.
“The Crime” brings Island meets Spanish country to the table as Kirke pulls us through another fun selection filled with a light spirit. Their backing vocals and instrument fills give a definite country vibe, as does Kirke’s slight country draw and spirit. The Tex-Mex beat keeps the energy pumping and adds a delicate nature to the song.
Lady For Sale is a fun listen. Kirke’s vocals show many colors and characters as the music also touches various styles. This is glam country, and it is not apologetic, and that is fine by me.
Lady for Sale
April 29, 2022
Third Man Records LLC