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Nov 10, 2011
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By Chad Taylor

Lydia Loveless

Indestructible Machine

Bloodshot Records

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Lydia Loveless has a way of catching you off guard. Just 21 years old — with a face that’s hard pressed to convince anyone of even that — she’s blessed with a voice that’s twice as old and four times as big. With “Indestructible Machine,” Loveless departs from 2010’s “The Only Man” with a sound that’s more mature and far more diverse. The influences are all over the place — hints of Loretta Lynn, Hank III and even Avril Lavigne pop up as the album’s sound swings from straight-up country, to punk-lite, to pop. But at the end of the day, Loveless is a country artist, and she does her roots proud. The lyrics — she writes her own songs — cover all the country and western basics, letting Loveless sing beyond her years with emotion and convincing ability. Never trite, almost always engaging and never boring, “Indestructible Machine” is an impressive sophomore effort.

(Lydia Loveless plays Vaudeville Mews on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. $6) CV

Brite Futures

Dark Past

Turnout Records

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Brite Futures, or the artists formerly known as Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, are fun. Really fun. But some time between 2008’s “Glistening Pleasure” and “Dark Past,” the band made the conscious decision to get serious about their fun. The name change reflects the transition from “high school friends sharing an in-joke” to “genuinely talented, legitimate band,” and the result is a slick, well-crafted, relentlessly enjoyable album. While none of the songs has the blatant, snickering pleasure of their debut album (opening track “Baby Rain” comes closest), Brite Futures is still obviously a band that enjoys what they do. “Dark Past” is lush with funky, electronic-heavy tracks like “Cosmic Horn” that bring to mind all the best parts of the Flaming Lips. Saddling a group with the “party band” label doesn’t always have the best connotation. But it fits Brite Futures in the best way, and they’re more than happy to have it. CV

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