Sarah Nixey, Sing, Memory

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

As one-third of Black Box Recorder, one felt that Sarah Nixey was nothing more than the mouthpiece for the bitter sarcasm of bandmates Luke Haines and John Moore. That much seems to be borne out by the soft edges and gleeful pop abandon on Nixey's debut solo album, Sing, Memory. But as with Black Box, if you happen to listen a bit closer you may not like what you find. “The Collector” is a boy who never smiles, who locks his beautiful butterfly collection away; Nixey busies herself learning the art of disguise on “Masquerade” and love is inextricably bound up with exile on the album's penultimate track. That's Nixey, though — as she sings (a marked change from her whispering days in BBR, by the way) on “Strangelove,” “Can't give it up / Can't get enough.” Agreed.