Music Reviews

Lina

Stranger On Earth

Atlantic

R&B, suffering a popularity not seen since disco, has seemed to have lost its way in a beat-heavy, thin-voiced mire. Many artists, such as D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott have chosen to reach back and out to funk and hip-hop to carve out a new direction. Lina’s definitely in this new old school. However, the dyslexic time machine took her to 1927 instead of 1972.

Stranger On Earth opens with muted, early-Depression horns and then explodes with the heavy, stuttering beats we’ve grown accustomed to in R&B. Then, the woman sings. Many have confused her affectations with the latest Billie Holiday imitators like Badu (who’s now in Chaka Khan mode) or Madeleine Peyroux. However, Lina is reaching back further to the scratchy 78s of a Bessie Smith. While quite imitative (she only breaks character once, to deliver the sweet ballad “Waiting”), her style is a refreshing change of pace – mixing the heyday of jazz with one of its children – even throwing in some trip-hoppy sounds in songs like “Don’t Say Nothing.”

A new sound is emerging in R&B, and many of the artists are reaching deep into their pasts to achieve it. If thatÃs what it takes and they continue to produce solid, enjoyable albums like Stranger On Earth, then I can do nothing but encourage them.

http://lina-online.com


Recently on Ink 19...

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

Print Reviews

With his latest book, What This Comedian Said Will Shock You, celebrated stand-up Jedi Bill Maher “shocks” readers by doing the most outrageous, unthinkable, and socially unacceptable thing imaginable: he speaks rationally, logically, and objectively.

Gasoline Lollipops

Gasoline Lollipops

Features

Gasoline Lollipops’ newest single, “Freedom Don’t Come Easy,” is today’s mother lovin’ punk rock folk anthem.

Basket Case

Basket Case

Screen Reviews

Frank Henenlotter’s gory grindhouse classic Basket Case looks as grimy as the streets of Times Square, and that is one of the film’s greatest assets. Arrow Video gives this unlikely candidate a welcome fresh release.

Jimmy Failla

Jimmy Failla

Event Reviews

Despite the Mother’s Day factor, hundreds of fervent, faithful followers still flocked to Orlando’s famed Plaza Live to catch an earlybird set from Jimmy Failla — one of the hottest names on today’s national comedy scene.

Lonnie Walker

Lonnie Walker

Features

Ink 19 readers get an early listen and look at “Cool Sparkling Water,” a new single from Lonnie Walker.

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

Event Reviews

Jeremy Glazier has a bucket list day at a Los Lobos 50th Anniversary show in Davenport, Iowa.

Always… Patsy Cline

Always… Patsy Cline

Archikulture Digest

Carl F. Gauze reviews the not-quite one-woman show, Always… Patsy Cline, based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with Louise Seger, who met the star in l961 and corresponded with Cline until her death.