Saint Bernadette

I Wanna Tell You Something

by Alan Brown

1 April 2008

 

Husband-and-wife team Meredith DiMenna and Keith Saunders (the songwriting nucleus of Connecticut’s Saint Bernadette) have followed up 2007’s In the Ballroom with a five-track EP that attempts to fist-pump its way out of the jazzy, retro box they had so perfectly fit into previously. Where their debut album glistened with cool horns and an ethereal, torch-song touch provided by DiMenna’s smoky vocals, I Wanna Tell You Something mixes shoegazing guitar crescendos (“In Between”), stadium-friendly sing-a-long choruses (“Love Is a Stranger”) and a cod, skanking backbeat (“One In a Million”), all of which produces a scattershot listening experience. There is no denying that DiMenna is a wonderful singer, who proves here that she can take on punchy, post-punk girls like Karen O. However, it’s when she returns to her sensual blue-eyed soul singer self on “Hard to Believe”, a fiery R&B feast backed by label-mate Jar-e; or the title-track, a beautiful country-tinged, acoustic ballad at the end of the set, that DiMenna truly starts to shine once more.

I Wanna Tell You Something

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. We need your help to keep PopMatters strong and growing. Thank you.

 

//comments
//related
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

// Notes from the Road

"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

READ the article