March 9, 2011
Album Review: Alex Winston - Sister Wife (Heavy Roc)
Alluring and cute, but blending in quickly with the beige alternative pop wallpaper
5 / 10
The latest brave heart to venture onto the high-wire that is adult alternative pop, Alex Winston’s modest thrills are in the poise with which she smuggles hints of indie strangeness into Ellie Goulding/Vanessa Carlton/Donna Lewis (delete according to age) radio pop.
‘Locomotive’’s Bush-esque coos exhibit a strangely West Country child-woman voice, while the title track has a sedated Of Montreal-by-way-of-Marina glam-pop hip-hop shuffle, and ‘Don’t Care Anything’ comes on like a great lost Tanya Donelly track.
It’s charming, but nothing more than background. Whether she will push into more courageous territory still or plummet into blandness remains to be seen.
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