Kristeen Young, X

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Kristeen Young is a clear descendant of the Kate Bush/Tori Amos school of piano-based singer-songwriting: confrontational lyrics, askew melodies, songs that go green when you think they will go right. Unlike Bush and Amos, however, Young's music has a decidedly harder edge, her songs at times verging on industrial with their pounding keyboards and heavily programmed drum tracks. That is not every song by any means, though: others are simply hard, literate rock with Young's versatile, strong voice striding in the foreground, her vocal presence at once invigorating and challenging. The first track, "No Other God," is easily the most difficult song on the record; the rest are far more enjoyable and welcoming, so don't judge solely by that beginning.