Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Dirty Radio

Laura Leebove

By Laura Leebove

Managing Editor
on 07.28.11 in Reviews

Dirty Radio

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

In “I Swear,” the opening track of Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside’s Dirty Radio, Ford sings of today’s music: “What is this robot-sounding bullshit?/ They just don’t care anymore.” Obviously, you won’t find any AutoTune or drum machines on Ford’s debut. Instead, her fiery alto carries the record, which blurs lines between jazz, blues, folk and rock. It’s old-timey and also timeless — neither the music nor the lyrics have many indicators that this wasn’t recorded several decades ago.