DEBORA IYALL / Stay Strong CD / Dottie Records / 2010
The mighty voice between SF’s greatest New Wave band ROMEO VOID is back with songs that go in many different directions musically and lyrically, sounding familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. She’s definitely no nostalgia act resting on laurels (though with RV songs like “Nvr Say Nvr” she very well could), and the songs here do hearken to the ‘70s and ‘80s without sounding particularly nostalgic. The kids might not get it, but it sure sounds good to these aging ears!
AIMEE MANN, LAURIE ANDERSON, PAT BENATAR
1 “Bring It” (should be a new inspirational anthem for TV’s“Glee”)
6 “Crocodiles” (wistful and danceable)
11 “Fine Black Dust” (would have been a good song for TV’s “Twin Peaks”)