Nancy White

Unexpected [Mouton]

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More sociopolitical musings from Nancy White, this time set to an easy-listening beat. Nancy spreads her musical wings on this release and takes a stab at writing romantic lyrics, while continuing to write amusing observations about society. This release is almost a 50-50 split of serious and satirical songs. She does stray away from current events, so most of the songs are not so dated. The main problem with this album is the music. It is overproduced, and a bit too slick -- not what one has come to expect from White (hence the title Unexpected). Musically, it is just not very interesting; for the most part the songs seem to blend into each other, with little distinction between them. Of course, there are standouts. "Mrs. Linda" is a poignant song about social worker burnout, a topic not often covered in music. "I Know Cuba Like the Back of My Hand" is both funny and disturbing at the same time, and the way she works Pete Seeger's "Guantanamera" into the song is sheer genius. Overall, not her best album, and probably of interest only to her fans. She did make attempts at experimenting musically, and for that she deserves full credit. It just did not work as intended.

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