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info opinion

Kelly Buchanan

"Match" CD

Velvet Ear Records

Genres: singer / songwriter, pop/rock, indie pop

Sep 30 - Oct 6 2002

Alanis Morissette, anyone? I thought we all got tired of her in the mid-90's. But I suppose Kelly Buchanan is trying to revive her shrill-voiced singer/songwriter style. Is this a good thing? Perhaps so, or perhaps not, but nobody can deny that Match has quite a few things to like about it.

First things first, the songs on this album have quite a lot to boast to themselves. The title-track, for example, is a catchy, well-composed track that you may find yourself humming afterwards, kind of like Alanis' "You Oughta Know" (come on, you know you used to like it.) "Liar" is also impressive; it sees Kelly rocking out a bit, which is something that is unnecessarily sparse on this album.

Unfortunately, a few of the tracks aren't as inspired. "Shoebox," for example, comes off as simply being awkward, and "Hell-Taker" is a peculiarly discordant tune that won't find acceptance with any audience.

All in all, Buchanan's work boasts a lot of catchiness and enjoyment to it, but suffers from a few major flaws. If you really liked Ani Difranco and Alanis Morissette circa-1995, then this will definitely be up your alley. Others may want to look elsewhere.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 44 min 29 sec; 11 tracks; distributed by the artist; released 2002]