CD review Lydia Loveless: Indestructable Machine
Newly discovered cow punk diva Lydia Loveless is taking no prisoners on her first release Indestructible Machine on Bloodshot records. The nine song set is equal parts twang and grunge: the opening track “Bad Way To Go,” sets up a template that features fiery banjo picking alongside heavy guitar wail, over a pounding two step rhythm section. When Loveless spits out the line “you can write me a love letter in the gravel with your piss,” in a classic country drawl delivered as Kitty Wells’ power punk granddaughter, you know she means business. The album continues with rugged and witty tales of self-empowerment, heartache, heroes and villains, with stand out tracks being the defiant “Can’t Change Me,” and the tongue in cheek yarn, “Steve Earle.”
Indestructible Machine frames the portrait of a steadfast young woman ready to shake off her demons and take on the world. Mainstream country needs to embrace artists such as Loveless who are delivering a dose of reality to a scene dominated by Idol starlets and dime store cowboys.
Rick J Bowen
originally appeared in Innocent Words Sept 2011