Get Away from Me
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that a couple of well-used four-letter words pop up occasionally here, and earned this CD its Parental Advisory sticker. The edited version is hard to find; the explicit one is actually pretty tame compared to most stickered albums.
What's the story?
Part torch singer, part social commentator, part queen of her own exotic universe, Nellie McKay is a true original. GET AWAY FROM ME is an ambitious double CD that defies categorizing and quickly gets under your skin. Sophisticated, torchy arrangements and two very familiar four-letter words make this CD most appropriate for older teens, but the Parental Advisory sticker seems unfair when compared to the hard-edged explicitness of most Parental Advisory albums. This really is one instance in which the words in question make some poetic sense in the context of the songs; they don't feel gratuitous at all.
Is it any good?
The songwriting is the real star on Get Away From Me, along with Ms. McKay's intimate cocktail-hour delivery. The double-CD is a bit too long and maybe a bit unfocused, but McKay (at age 19) clearly has a bright future ahead. Ironic, torchy, witty, and edgy in turn, her songs and performances reveal a deep and unique talent. Keep your eye on this one -- she's likely to be around for a while.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how Nellie McKay isn't afraid to be herself, a welcome change in music these days. Why do so many other artists tend to copy each other's styles, sounds, and looks?