Kinnie Starr


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Incredibly urgent and committed, Kinnie Starr poetically deconstructs the rock form on Tidy in ways Ani DiFranco only rarely achieves and PJ Harvey almost never even attempts. That's not to say that Starr has the talent to match the '90s most important female artists, but she does possess the personality, intelligence, and conviction to get her own point across. One good example of this is the excellent "Spring Again" in which Starr purrs like an angry Lisa Germano fronting a stoned Soul Coughing. Another highlight is the rampant opening number "Grandma's Bicycle." Rap sections on tracks like "Rime Gone Rong" are predictably stilted, but Starr seems bent on defying convention and all that experimentation is bound to produce some soft spots on this otherwise thrilling effort. The metallic "Woven" gets things back on track as Starr finishes her full-length debut with power and style. As much spoken word and performance art as musical experience, Tidy is an artistic, feminist, angry, well-articulated rant of the highest order. Listeners fond of confident female rockers who use their minds to project a strong human, sexual, and revolutionary presence -- as opposed to those "singers" eager to sink into hoochie-kitten brainlessness -- simply must search out and purchase this record.

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