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Melodic Cynicism: Bree Sharp’s More B.S.

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Bree Sharp’s debut A Cheap And Evil Girl was smart, witty and refreshingly cynical. A breezy set of tuneful pop, Sharp’s first album signaled the arrival of a powerful new voice that could glide from caustic cultural criticism to heartbroken perfection.

Unsurprisingly, Sharp’s More B.S. is more of the same–shrugging off any sophomore slump worries, Sharp’s second long player is a stone cold tour de force.

Sharp’s charm lies in the fact that she can offer clever color commentary of the material world and report it back in vivid detail. Armed with one of the most infectious voices in music today, Sharp is hard to resist.  “Lazy Afternoon” is an itchily introspective rocker that examines the lack of global concern of America’s strip mall inhabitants.  Never one to preach, Sharp admits that even she’s a bit tempted by all of this “new age coffee” and that she fears she might have “…a barcode where my heart should be.”  

Elsewhere, there’s the Bonnie and Clyde-like bandit’s lovesong “The Ballad of Grim and Lilly,” the noir tango of “Morning In A Bar,” and the lacerating “The Last Of Me,” whose impossibly drowsy tug is accompanied by Sharp singing, “You better watch your back/’Cause I’m coming after you.” This rueful promise may seem a tad creepy, but Sharp’s vow of payback is positively rousing–so much so, that it’s a safe bet that her revenge will be exacted. 

Later, “Dirty Magazine,” finds Sharp singing of “girls as sweet as ripe nectarines,” while privately confessing,“I just want to be in a dirty magazine.”  The song is enough to make high school counselors across America  collectively wince. On “Galaxy Song” she dreamily invites, “Come and take a ride with me/The moon is high–so am I,” while during the looping lull of “Sleep Forever” she sings, “Everything’s an effort/When you doubt the purpose of your soul.”

No doubts here. Sharp is the real thing.