Artist: Wendy Bailey
I first heard this original singer/songwriter on No Apologies
- the Rock For Life - Live at Tomfest disc, but had no idea she had
an album out until it accidentally fell into my lap. I love it when
It took me a few listens to get used to her deep, mature voice and
odd style of singing. I still can't decide if my ears like it.
She has a rich, smooth tone at times, and a scratchy, riot grrrl sound
at others (Courtney Love being my only point of reference, which isn't
all that close). Wendy's lyrics are almost all conversations with
God, simple poetry about daily struggles and lessons learned. The
music is fully groovy, acoustic-based grunge/indie rock. Paul Roraback
of Grammatrain produces, and also plays guitar, drums, and/or bass on more
than half the songs, which causes this to have a sound definitely similar
to Grammatrain's indie CD (which was mostly unplugged). The guitar
strumming on several songs is truly infectious. Indie rock descended
from a psychedelic 70s past.
All of the instrumentation is cool, in fact, with a very unrehearsed,
organic feel to the playing. Wendy wrote, promoted, and basically
pushed this project through by her own sweat (with some help from Paul),
and I'm glad she did. Be warned that the album does have a severely
unfinished, sketchy demo feel to it (just seven songs also), which makes
it quite tasty in places but very unfulfilling overall. Hopefully
the woman is working on a full-length project as I write....
By Josh Spencer