Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bree Sharp-A Cheap And Evil Girl (1999)

ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: September 10, 2017

"A Cheap And Evil Girl": how can a title like that not grab your attention? That is the debut album by the American folk/rock singer/songwriter Bree Sharp, and it becomes the third in a series of fulfilled music wishes here at "The Music Spectrum". This is will be a fun and enjoyable thirty-seven minute ride if you are fans of similar female folk/alternative rock stars as Alanis Morissette, Jewel and Sarah McLachlan. In fact, that signature 'yodeling effect' that I always note in Sarah McLachlan's voice is heard loud and clear right away on this album's opener, "America". Then as for the Alanis Morissette comparison (I've had Alanis at the forefront of my min anyways, having recently indulged in listens of "You Learn", "Ironic" and the rest of all of my favorite hits by her), I cite Track #4's "Smitten", where Bree reveals that the man she sings about having an effect on her. Bree's down-to-earth, confessional style, in fact, also reminds me of that of Alanis Morissette, with two perfect examples coming by way of intriguing lyrical gems as "Fool's Gold" (something she preaches about if you don't die, then people taking your lives anyway captured my attention here) and "Guttermouth" (I like the conversational, nearly spoken delivery of this song and how she rapidly blurts out 'guttermouth' all throughout). Never would I have ever thought that a song about one of the former stars of the long-time sci-fi drama series, "The X-Files", would be recorded—let alone heard by my own ears!—but that was precisely the case when I tuned in to Track #2. It's virtually a tale of wishful lusting and wishful thinking as Bree cries out over and over, ' I got it bad for David Duchovy; why don't you love me? '. As silly as it sounds, I can feel some real heart-aching pain beneath the humor, especially when those cries become growls in the song's final movements. More fun moments are served up on the peppy, dancey jams "Not Your Girl" ( (her angst-ridden attitude as she hollers 'what kind of girl should I be?' gets some laughter out of me) and the title track itself, which tells a story about all of the dirty, nasty things that makes a female cheap and evil. Yet the album's two most stellar moments, in my estimation, are where Bree begins to mellow out and show a more tender, softer side to her: "Show Me" and "Walk Away" (the latter paints a beautiful metaphor between the guy being like a tidal wave and her being washed up on a shore while being washed of her pride and dignity in the process). No cheap thrills to be had on this album; you will have well-earned your ticket to music excellence once your thirty-seven minutes are up:

1. America
2. David Duchovny
3. Walk Away
4. Smitten
5. Not Your Girl
6. Fallen
7. The Cheap And Evil Girl
8. Faster, Faster
9. Fool's Gold
10. Guttermouth
11. Show Me

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