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Lou Rhodes

One Good Thing

(Motion Audio; US: 20 Apr 2010; UK: 22 Mar 2010)

It’s kind of strange to listen to the voice of one-time UK trip-hop chanteuse Lou Rhodes without her fellow partner in Lamb, Andy Barlow, and his static boom-bap throbbing in the background. But Lou seems to truly feel comfortable in her modern-day role as a girlie singer-songwriter type with a jones for classic Nick Drake. So much so that not even the return of Mr. Barlow into her creative fold as the co-producer of her third solo album (and debut release on her pals Cinematic Orchestra’s new label Motion Audio) could deter her march to Lilith Fair immortality. Thus, chances are that if you weren’t too hot on Lou’s shift from electro to acoustic over the course of her three-LP solo trajectory, your best bet would be stick to your faithful copy of Fear of Fours and remember the good times.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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