lydia loveless Boy Crazy & Single(s) (CD, £12.50)label: bloodshot
A new collection of Lydia Loveless's summery 5-song EP including original songs in addition to inventive and bare-bones covers of Prince, Elvis Costello and Kesha. The recordings span from 2012 to 2015; many of which are on CD for the first time. Boy Crazy is Lydia Loveless's "rock and roll tribute to baseball pants and youth". Featuring sun-washed rebel-powered pop songs presenting a conversation about judgment and loss of innocence as one transitions from good old American naivety to you-should-know-better "wisdom". These songs see Lydia and her band roping in their signature twangy pedal steel-laden rock beat-'em-ups and tying them tightly with the crisp Southern air of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Damn the Torpedoes and the snarling-but-sweet delivery of Juliana Hatfield's heyday. It's a summer set to prolong those long buzz-chasing July days when you hang out where you know you aren't supposed to. This time you just don't care about getting caught.
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