For The Record: Lily, Madeleine and Neko

 

Hey, it’s Ladies Night at RRoy Report Records.

 

Lily & Madeleine

I had never heard of Lily and Madeleine when Nephew 2 gave me their CD but The Wife says they’re for real because she hears them on The Coffeehouse channel on Sirius radio.

AKR118_Lily_and_Madeleine_cover1Having listened to the disc I can see why. This is precisely the kind of music you’d expect to hear in the background at Starbucks. Whether that’s a good or bad thing I leave to you.

Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz are a folk-pop duo from Indianapolis. And now you know as much as Wikipedia and I know about Lily and Madeleine. That’s the shortest Wikipedia entry I’ve ever read. The most obscure X-Man you can think of has a longer listing than L&M. They either need a new publicist or they need to get in better with the nerds. I’m assuming they’re a sister act as they both look about 15, which rules out a mother-sister act.

If I had to sum up their 12-song eponymous album in one word it would be: pleasant. The harmonies are lovely and the songs are nice. There’s nothing challenging or esoteric here. It’s like if Adele were twins.

 

I had to listen to this several times to make it to the end because I kept falling asleep. Don’t listen while driving. Once I got into it I found it — what was that word again? — pleasant. There’s not a song on here that had me reaching for the repeat button but nothing to make me fast-forward either. These girls really need a “Closer to Fine.”

 

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight,
The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
.

 

Ah, Neko Case. My favorite New Pornographer. I’ve never been as enamored of her solo work as I have her work with the Canadian indie rockers. But her latest album — the title of which I am not going to repeat because I don’t get paid by the word — is more a step in the right direction.

 

 

81oCJR6uUqL._SL1425_The album opens with “Wild Creatures,” which is a nice enough song but it’s the second track that’s the standout. “Night Still Comes” is so good with a chorus so catchy it belongs on a New Pornographers album. “City Swans” is another standout.

 

Remember how I said nothing about L&M was challenging or esoteric? Not a problem for Ms. Case. Her solo work can at times be a bit too eccentric for my tastes. There’s some of that here, like the a cappella “Nearly Midnight, Honolulu.”

It took a few listens for me to get into this album as well, but once we became compatible, it stayed in the CD player for quite a while. This is an album I’ll be coming back to again and again. Not so sure I can say that about “Lil and Mad.”

 

 

 

 

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