Pop music has a new star!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
I have a reputation...I am known as that straight ahead improvisational curmudgeon that wouldn't come near smooth jazz or pop music with a ten foot pole.
Not true! The length of the pole is considerably longer except in the case of Ingrid Michaelson and Lights Out! Who is Ingrid Michaelson? Ingrid has been compared to the likes of Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor whose work is like musical chewing gum as it loses flavor after about the first ten minutes and becomes utterly forgettable. Unlike Apple and Spektor, you will remember Ingrid Michaelson.
Lights Out is the fifth release for Michaelson and is positioned well to be perhaps the break out release of the year in the pop world. Why so good? Take the classic singer / songwriter vibe and toss in indie pop with more hooks than a fisherman's hat and a contemporary sound that is well produced without sounding as though it has been sanitized for your protection. "Wonderful Unknown" confirms her legitimate claim as a serious songwriter while the catchy pop tune "Girls Chase Boys" may be the anthem for the summer of 2014. If variety is indeed the spice of life then there is a little something here for everyone from evocative piano ballads to indie pop that makes you want to hit repeat, there is simply nothing to grind on here.
The evolution of Ingrid Michaelson is now complete. As pop music slowly distances itself from the cyber ear candy that has plagued what is left of American radio, Ingrid Michaelson is leading the charge for a revitalization of music once left for dead.
Tracks: Home; Girls Chase Boys; Wonderful Unknown (feat. Greg Laswell); You Got Me (feat. Storyman); Warpath; Handsome Hands; Time Machine; One Night Town (feat. Mat Kearney); Open Hands (feat. Trent Dabbs); Ready To Lose (feat. Trent Dabbs); Stick; Afterlife; Over You (feat. A Great Big World); Everyone Is Gonna Love Me Now.