"Ode to the Ego" (A Few Little Note; 2009)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

NYC’s Elwood Emission is Lucy Kalantari’s one-woman electronic project jam-packed with soul-bearing crooning to a harsh industrial rock soundtrack.

The callous vocal and distorted ukuleles that start off “The Invitation” develop an unsettling sensation furthered by the cross between Alanis Morrisette- and Shiny Toy Guns-influenced vocals and angst-ridden subject matter (“Despicable”) displayed. "Ode to the Ego" also throws in snippets of Tori Amos-like catharsis into the mix ("Divine"), giving this six-track sojourn into Kalantari’s darker side a fair share of lush yet eerie attributes that ambitiously push tracks like the scintillatingly sultry “Run” from the shadowy recesses to the spotlight.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/elwoodemission.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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