It’s been a while since I’ve done a music review, so I thought I would break things up a bit and share my newfound music love! I originally heard about Elle from a friend last fall, though I can’t remember who. We were more astounded that her father was Rob Schnieder than about her actual music. Yes, Rob Schneider the comedian. And then I promptly forgot about her. Heh. I saw her play Rockin’ New Year’s live though and thought, “Heyyy, I should check her out for reals!”
You’ve probably heard Elle King’s pop(ish) song Ex’s & Oh’s which gets some good radio play. And it’s a good song. I really like it. Thing is, it’s kind of misleading because there’s not another track like it on Love Stuff. If I had to classify her as an artist, I would actually say she’s blues-rock with a splash of old school country. And I do mean old school like Johnny Cash. The occasional banjos and raspy voice (on certain tracks) reinforce that impression.
This is a woman who has many stories to tell and she does it very well! From a killer father and being trapped in a small town called Jackson to living life like it’s the Last Damn Night ever and being evil enough that her soul’s down Where The Devil Don’t Go.
What I like most about Elle’s music is how her completely unapologetic breaking of hearts (I Told You I Was Mean) mingles so well with her fearless owning of herself (America’s Sweetheart – my new anthem, btw) and the self-reflection/ruminations about life and love (Song of Sorrow, Under The Influence, Ain’t Gonna Drown). Even as different from each other as the individual tracks are, she brings it all together with a powerful voice and a pretty unique sound.
This is a great debut album and you should all check it out!