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Mary Lou Lord’s “Backstreet Angel” Reviewed

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In these days where certain artists self proclaim themselves to be the best thing since sliced bread there’s something about Mary Lou Lord that makes it heartening to hear her new album Backstreet Angels:  a team effort in the truest sense of the word, that  includes those members of the public who funded the Kickstarter,  her daughter, her producer, a slew of songwriters and Marylou herself, who made this release possible and resulting in THE album of 2015. To them I say, Thank You !!!

Although Mary Lou is no stranger to the music industry she hasn’t released an album for 11 years but boy is it worth the wait, 16 tracks that are a mix of covers and originals shows the quality of this artist in more ways than simply performing songs. The album title Backstreet Angel which comes from Mary Lou Lord’s own “The Run That I’m On” is a special reference that’s personal to Mary Lou: “I fell off my fire escape trying to get into my apartment after locking myself out. Both my father and brother were fire fighters. My brother passed away the Christmas Eve prior to my falling from the fire escape, and although I did manage to break arms and legs and things, I honestly feel that my brother was at the bottom of that fire escape along with my father, like angels, telling me to jump. I wasn’t in the best place in my life at that time, and I feel I was able to let go at that moment, and jump out of my own soul-which was rapidly deteriorating. It changed everything, and I got another chance”

This album echoes  chances and changes of the past, the present,and  for the future: Mary Lou’s daughter Annabelle Lord Patey and Matt Minigell are names to note, Matt Wrote ” I Feel Better”, this has become my personal favourite off the entire album with Annabelle taking the lead vocals and Mary Lou supporting, it reminds me what music is about and how some songs have the ability to touch the parts that other songs can’t reach, the future of indie music is safe in these hands!

Maryanne Window from Australia has a lot of input in this record with mixing, producing and playing on some of the songs.  I must admit I wasn’t aware of her priorto this project though I am now and will be keeping an eager eye on her career from here on. Window, Mary Lou Lord and Nick Saloman of Bevis Frond are credited with writing “My Buddy Valentine”. The right people at the right time have come together to make this long awaited release from Mary Lou Lord.

Having the right people on board and the knack of choosing the right song to cover before she gives it her own special slant on it is a joy to behold , Paul Westerberg’s “A Wonderful Lie” and Peter Bruntnell’s “By The Time My Head Gets To Phoenix ” , show Mary Lou Lord’s ability to find obscurities and give them her own interpretation.  “She’s Still Bewitching Me” is a completely new reworking of The Green Pajamas song from her Live City Sounds album and is well worth a listen, in fact,the entire album is worth a listen as there simply isn’t one bad track on it.

Mary Lou Lord also performs some of her own compositions on this album , “Little Raglan Rags “, “The Run That I’m On”, and “Let’s Jet” show the consistency of this artist as they already feel like well loved songs. Make no mistake , this is a brilliant album by an amazing artist . Mary Lou Lord is a class act: voice of an angel, kick ass musician and the ability to “keep it real” in a world full of fakes .

Real music should be supported and Mary Lou’s album is available on the independent music site CD Baby where the profits go to the artist and you can buy it here. It saddens me sometimes when artists who are no longer with us are remembered as geniuses with the ability to touch hearts and souls with their music whilst some of these special people don’t get the credit they deserve whilst they are alive in this world.  Mary Lou Lord is one of these people and her new album is very highly recommended by this listener, there’s certainly something about Mary Lou Lord that keeps on bewitching me.

Grade: A+

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