Miss Quincy: Your Mama Don't Like Me

~ Monday, 6 December 2010
Following hot on the heels of 2009's self titled Miss Quincy and the Ramblers, the Canadian roots songstress carries on her upbeat spirit that makes nods towards jazz, gypsy and melodrama in an intriguing mix of styles. She shares a similar territory to Myshkin's Ruby Warblers and even KT Tunstall that gives her sound an air of familiarity. For me, as much as I do really like this record, her voice is an acquired taste which verges on the annoying side of bohemian. Imagine a nasal sounding KD Lang. I'm sure there are those who will love the quirkiness of her dulcet tones but for me it makes an uncomfortable bedfellow given the strength of her songs.

The title track opens the album with its Charleston inspired arrangement that harks back to the hot dance clubs of the 20's and credit where credit is due, she pulls it off with considerable aplomb.
Nobody With You is a strange beast. You can hear a Polka in there with a very Parisian feel that she again pulls off perfectly. It shouldn't really work, but it does. The stripped back Record Store is just crying out for her to tame her vocals to the backing but she decided on doing the whole vocal gymnastics thing and a beautiful song is laid to waste.

When she does get the balance of vocals and music just right, the results are stunning like on Wild Mountain Flower and Dirty Boat, with the former being the pick of the album for me. This is a record that has both charmed and frustrated me in equal measure. Without question, the talent is there but for me the execution needs a bit more refining.


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