Review: Michelle Malone maintains a shameless approach on ‘1977’
Four out of five stars
Michelle Malone makes no apologies for her independent attitude. She says her goal has always been to continually raise her bar and allow her creativity to flourish. That’s exactly what she’s managed to do for the 18 albums she’s released over the past 35 years, an impressive track record for any artist who has primarily operated beyond the label’s music machine realms. major.
Unsurprisingly then, his new album, 1977, keeps this approach unashamedly. She shares songs gleaned from a personal perspective while embracing universal emotions that are all too common given the scourge of the pandemic and the ensuing chaos and confusion in its wake. It’s hardly surprising, considering the songs were written during lockdown, which gave her time to do some soul-searching. The title of the album itself is consistent with this theme, in that it refers to the year she first picked up a guitar and embarked on a path she has been on ever since. .
Admittedly, an insular approach might leave some listeners feeling uninvolved, and indeed songs such as “Not Who I Used To Be” and “Georgia Made” might point to Malone’s content simply to indulge in his introspection. I wonder if you‘I know myself nowshe reflected. I barely recognize myself.
In many ways, vulnerability and a willingness to delve deeper into one’s own psyche are the defining elements of the album. And yet, Malone opens up the music in a way that allows him to tap into a much larger mindset. The aforementioned “Know My Name” offers a great example:
I am like you and you are like me
We’re both insiders wanting to be free
So alone, so alone, so alone, so alone…
This all-encompassing appeal is enhanced by a multitude of alluring and attractive entrances that guarantee immediate accessibility. “Even the Queen”, “River Song”, “Bodyguard” and “Powder Keg” find reverie and tempered melody in equal proportions. Ultimately, this could be considered Malone’s masterpiece. And why not? 1977 offers everyone the opportunity to reminisce and reflect.