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Ladyhawke - 2008 Ladyhawke

ARTIST: Ladyhawke
ALBUM: Ladyhawke
LABEL: Modular Records
YEAR: 2008


LINEUP: Ladyhawke (Pip Brown) - vocals, all instruments

TRACK LISTING: 01 Magic * 02 Manipulating Woman * 03 My Delerium * 04 Better Than Sunday * 05 Another Runaway * 06 Love Don't Live Here * 07 Back Of The Van * 08 Paris Is Burning * 09 Professional Suicide * 10 Dusk Til Dawn * 11 Oh My * 12 Crazy World * 13 Morning Dreams



Isn't the music industry weird sometimes? Particularly the British media/press, who have lauded all sorts of compliments for this debut Ladyhawke album. It's 2008 and some of these puppies weren't even born when the best of the 80's pop/rock scene was in vogue. It is that scene that Pip Brown (a.k.a Ladyhawke) falls back on with this retro-laden CD full of melodic gems. Of course, I have a biased hat on when reviewing this album, as Pip of course is a died-in-the-wool Kiwi chick, born and raised in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand, before spreading her wings to live and work in Wellington, Melbourne, Sydney and now London. Her brand of music, which really does sound time-shifted out of 1985, has captured the imagination of critics and fans worldwide. Why that is I'd love to know, does it signal a shift of consciousness with the buying public to music influenced by past trends? Are people sick of the rap/hip-hop dominance? Is 80's music on the comeback trail? It could be all of these. It will be a good subject to research.. Pip has a preference for utilising a truckload of synths in the mix (all 80's vintage synths, the sort of stuff that populates my house too.. lol!), but her musical background comes from a childhood playing drums, percussion and guitar. Press have compared Ladyhawke to Kim Wilde and Stevie Nicks - no doubt from a visual perspective, but from a vocal similarity/point of view, Pip's voice could be deadringer for another Kiwi singer from the past: Shona Laing. I'm sure that would tickle Pip's fancy, considering the Kiwi connection.. The album was produced by renowned Belgian producer Pascal Gabriel, who simply, has turned this album on its head, after Pip endured numerous frustrating experiences with other producers prior to Pascal's introduction.

The Songs
There are some truly neat songs on here, and I would suggest that some of these would appeal to most of the GDAZE readership due to the 80's vibe, plus the abundance of keyboards. Onto the songs then. I swear I was listening to Visage or The Human League when listening to the opening cut 'Magic'. With this one track, we are transported back in time, back to the mid 80's.. lol! 'Manipulating Woman' has a lighter feel to it, an easy-on-the-ear listen, and a great chorus to round it out. 'My Delerium' is a harder rockin' track, with a keyboard sequence to hold it all together. This one races along nicely with another superb chorus in the wind. Fans of Aimee Mann and Til Tuesday may appreciate the muse on offer with 'Better Than Sunday'. All week days aside, there is a lot to like about this track, ranging from the over-processed drum work, the myriad of synth parts and some gorgeous vocal melodies. Check out the huge sound on 'Another Runaway'. Big drums, racy synths with a near melodic rock delivery makes this track a sweet listen. Probably the most sparse track on the album is 'Love Don't Live Here'. It's built around a simply structured guitar riff, with other instruments combining to embellish the overall sound. A nice synth intro leads us into 'Back Of The Van', where Ladyhawke is literally 'set on fire', so say the lyrics. There is a video for this track on You Tube. 'Paris Is Burning' might appear to be a stripped back song, the music not quite as dark as the lyrics, but in fact it's very melodic, with synth layers filling out in the midsection and solo spot. A video is also for this song. 'Professional Suicide' takes on a new wave/power pop identity, the sort of song The Cars might have dabbled in earlier in their career. The stomping backbeat is prevalent on 'Dusk Til Dawn', for which another video is available. Another highlight for me is the superb 'Crazy World'. Check out those hard rock riffs on the chorus, you'd swear this was a big name hard rock release instead of a pop album. The closer 'Morning Dreams' is a dreamy 'drift across the sky' number. It has cinematic qualities about it. Maybe one day, Pip might be inspired to write for movies. I wouldn't put it past her, talented Miss that she is.

In Summary
The Ladyhawke album is doing big business around the world, and I imagine that any number of these songs will do well for Pip. Don't be put off that this is being reviewed here, the music more than suggests that it has major appeal, just listen to the track selection below. Ladyhawke has a number of gigs lined up during October 2008, in both the UK, Europe and the USA, before heading out for a series of European gigs along with the Black Kids. If you get a chance, get out and see Pip/Ladyhawke in action.

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#1 | Eric on October 04 2008 23:32:14
Been over to their MySpace page- I like what I hear. The early 80's are back?!
#2 | Jez on October 06 2008 02:28:59
The 'Crazy World' and 'Another Runaway' are ace tracks. Gonna check this out some more.
#3 | gdazegod on April 10 2016 01:38:56
Ladyhawke - 2008 My Delirium
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#4 | gdazegod on April 10 2016 01:40:13
Ladyhawke - 2008 Dusk Til Dawn
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#5 | gdazegod on April 10 2016 01:42:31
Ladyhawke - 2008 Magic
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