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Cindy Wilson

Kill Rock Stars, 2017

http://www.cindywilsonb52s.com

REVIEW BY: Pete Crigler

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 01/10/2018

On her first ever solo album, Cindy Wilson of the B-52’s takes a different turn than say, Fred Schneider’s solo records. This is evident right from the first notes of the opening track, “People Are Asking,” which is as low-key and laidback a track as you could possibly ask for. It’s very hushed, melodic, and pretty.nbtc__dv_250

A lot of the material here, including “No One Can Tell You,” feels like the laidback dance of the late ‘90s that filled car commercials and NPR bumpers. It’s not a bad thing, but you can feel the vibe of an afterhours club filled with people elegantly relaxing with some mellowing sounds.

“Mystic” reminds me a lot of Book Of Love with its lovely harmonies and mellowed out sounds. This sort of record is as far away from the upbeat vibe of the B-52’s as possible; it’s overall quite relaxed and subdued. One track that took my breath away was “Brother,” which has one of the catchiest bass riffs of the year. It’s just a complete shock of a track and that’s what one should be looking for in an amazing record. That’s just what this is: an all-around great record!

“On The Inside” is a nice acoustic trip that puts the listener at ease. Change is absolutely perfect for kicking back in the evening and blissing out while reading. Even the vocals on “Sunrise” are sublime and really beautiful. I can honestly say that I wasn’t expecting much from this release, but I really enjoyed it. One major question still lingers: Why did it take so long for this to happen?

Rating: A-

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