Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Brody Dalle Goes Solo

Rocker Brody Dalle is no stranger to the music industry. She fronted punk band The Distillers from 1998 to 2006 and released three albums and an EP with them and rock band Spinnerette from 2007 to 2010 releasing one album and one EP with them.  While The Distillers in my eyes were very overrated, Spinnerette was amazing. Both band's sounds shaped the sound for her solo debut Diploid Love.
The album has it's hard rocking moments that are more influenced by The Distillers and more polished like Spinnerette. Rockers like "Rat Race," "Dressed in Dreams" and third single "Don't Mess With Me" recall The Distillers but have Distillers undertones.
"Parties for Prostitutes," "Blood In Gutters" and "I Don't Need Your Love" would fit in nicely in a Spinnerette release.
The album's best song though is the first single "Meet the Foetus/ Oh the Joy." The song starts out with a very Spinnerette first half "Meet the Foetus" and then a very Distillers inspired second half "Oh the Joy." The song features background vocals by Garbage singer Shirley Manson. This is Dalle's best song out of he solo work and on all of the albums of band's past.
Other highlights include the synthpop inspired "Carry On" and "Underworld." The album has no bad  songs and Dalle would do well to keep too this formula for her next album.

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