November 20, 2008

ladyhawkeThe self titled debut from New Zealand singer/songwriter Ladyhawke (Pip Brown) is charming, ingratiating synthesizer driven rock that immediately hits all the pop pleasure centers. Her music evokes such 70’s and 80’s acts as Kim Wilde, Gary Numan, Devo, Sheila E, Missing Persons and Depeche Mode, and has a decidedly retro feel, but she’s so good at finding new hooks in music from a bygone era that most listeners will be happy to party like it’s 1985. It drifts a bit too far into Belinda Carlisle solo territory towards the end of the album for my taste, but in general, Ladyhawke is a lot of good, uncomplicated fun. Fans of bands like Cut Copy, Freezepop, Ladytron and Santogold will want to take note of Ladyhawke’s unabashedly entertaining music. Standout cuts: “Magic,” “My Delirium,” “Paris Is Burning” and “Dusk Til Dawn.”


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