Randi Russo

Fragile Animal

by David Maine

10 May 2011

 

Eclectic mix from talented alt-rock diva

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Randi Russo

Fragile Animal

(Hidden Target Recordings)
US: 29 Mar 2011
UK: 29 Mar 2011

Randi Russo’s third studio album, following Solar Bipolar (2002) and Shout Like a Lady (2006), covers a lot of ground: singer-songwriter introspection in “Get Me Over,” thumping rock attitude in “Alienation,” piano-driven balladry in “Invitation,” swirling folk-psychedelia in “I Am Real.” Throughout the record, Russo and producer Paul Megna seem to have approached each song with the self-conscious desire to do something sonically different from the previous track. For the most part, this adds up to an eclectic batch of lively tunes, with the aforementioned “Alienation” and the equally thrashy “Head High” as the standout tunes. Even when the tempos slow down, Russo’s tough-but-vulnerable voice capably carries songs like “Swallow” and the epic closing track “Restless Raga.” Looking for a new favorite no-nonsense female vocalist with a sweetly satisfying ear for pop songcraft? This might be her.

Fragile Animal

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