Lydia Loveless

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Been waiting on the follow up to 2016’s Real for; well four years. And based on this first track, it is gonna be a worth the wait. Oh, Lydia has also started her own label, Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late. Here is some more info from the PR team.

Daughter–her first album in four years–marks the triumphant return of Lydia Loveless, and documents a period of personal upheaval, including a divorce and an interstate move away from her longtime home. Left feeling unmoored and adrift, Loveless worked to redefine herself, both in her own mind and within the context of the world. Written with her characteristic candidness and razor-sharp wit, Daughter is a self-aware journey into independence.

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Lydia Loveless – Boy Crazy and Single(s)

by Woody on October 31, 2017

Lydia Loveless has become one of my favorite artists around today. Her brashness combined with her heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics always reminds me of Paul Westerberg. Bloodshot just re-released the EP where it all began, Boy Crazy, along with six other tracks including covers of Prince, Elvis Costello and Kesha. Nothing filler about any of this. If you are a fan of Lydia, this is a must own. And if you live in Chicago, she’s doing a couple of solo shows at The Hideout on 11/15 and 11/16.

Boy Crazy is Lydia Loveless’s “rock and roll tribute to baseball pants and youth.” Featuring sun-washed, rebel-powered pop songs presenting a conversation about judgment and loss of innocence, as one transitions from good old American naivete to you-should-know-better “wisdom.” These songs see Lydia and her band roping in their signature twangy, pedal steel-laden rock beat-em-ups and tying them tightly with the crisp Southern air of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes and the snarling-but-sweet delivery of Juliana Hatfield’s heyday. It’s a summer set that arrives a little tardy this year, just in time to prolong those long, buzz-chasing July days when you hang out where you know you aren’t supposed to. This time, you just don’t care about getting caught.

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Lydia Loveless – Real (album review)

by Woody on August 17, 2016

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It has been a treat to watch the progression of Lydia Loveless. Her early efforts on Bloodshot were good ol’ fashioned cow-punk. Then with 2014’s Somewhere Else, altered her sound slightly and the results were extraordinary as Loveless was picking up plaudits everywhere you looked.

All that led to some heightened expectations for Real and by all accounts, she met those expectations and then some. Loveless continues to broaden and refine her sound while continuing to wear her heart on her sleeve. Her willingness to open herself up and her ability at doing so in such a compelling manner makes her such a vital voice in today’s musical landscape.

In the middle of this album, Loveless seems to have a suite of songs – Heaven, Out On Love and Midwestern Guys that sound like something you heard on MTV in the 80s or early 90s. Heaven feels like it should have a video with Mary Stuart Masterson brooding about and subsequently kicking ass. I don’t know if I would like a whole album of this but in the middle of the album, it works great.

Especially after following the opening trio of Same To You, Longer and More Than Ever which is more consistent with her alt-country leaning past where she’s exposing some raw feelings of hurt. Later on the album, she has a stripped down acoustic track, Clumps, that is a nice way to wind down the album from the more pop oriented tracks earlier.

Real is a great album and is a high-water mark for her as an artist. That all being said, I hope as she continues to grow as an artist, she maintains a connection to her twang roots.

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Real is the follow up to 2014’s phenomenal Somewhere Else. And if the lead track, Longer, is any indication; it is somehow going to be an improvement on that album. Real will see the light of day on August 19th via the fine folks at Bloodshot Records. There’s a quote from Stereogum on Bloodshot’s website that really hits the nail on the head.

“It’s like the Replacements soundtracking the sad aftermath of Big Star’s “Thirteen” — which is to say, it’s awesome.” —Stereogum –

Here’s some more info on the album from Bloodshot:

2016’s Real is one of those exciting records where you sense an artist truly hitting their stride, that their vision is both focused and expansive, and that their talent brims with a confident sense of place, execution and exploration. Whether you’ve followed Lydia’s career forever, like us, or if you are new to her ample game, Real is gonna grab your ears.

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Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else (album review)

March 19, 2014

Long time HearYa pal, Jefe has had Lydia Loveless on his radar for years. He traveled clear across Austin last year to catch a set at The Continental Club. For whatever reason, her music hadn’t clicked with me. But upon getting the advance copy of Somewhere Else, I dug in; figuring my broseph must be […]

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