Elle King’s Love Stuff is competing with Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter as my favorite album of 2015 so far. Elle’s music has garnered much deserved high praise and somewhat accurate comparisons to The Black Keys, though I’d also throw in references to Jack White, Imelda May, Joan Jett, Maria Muldaur and the outlaw country era. In other words, Elle King’s genre-bending blend of blues, country, folk and rock really can’t be compared to any other single artist. Elle truly stands in a class of her own.
“Where The Devil Don’t Go,” “Ex’s & Oh’s” and “Last Damn Night” are fierce Delta blues-rock wailers, while “Under the Influence” adds a trippy pop rhythm to the mix.
“Kocaine Karolina” falls into a lovely, gentle banjo melody before handclap percussion picks up the tempo again in “Song of Sorrow.”
“America’s Sweetheart” is a tough chick anthem with shades of Mumford in the arrangement forming a folk-pop revival bridge between country and rock.
“Not Gonna Drown” is a slinky slice of Western noir.
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