Wednesday, February 10, 2016
I had been wanting to listen to Lisa Ronson's record ever since I read the rave review in Uncut claiming "not one bad song." I realize I should take that statement with a grain of salt, especially after perusing their "200 Best Records Of All Time" list, where all you need to know is that The Smiths "The Queen Is Dead" came in at #8, higher than 192 other records including "Rubber Soul," "Exile On Main Street," "Kind Of Blue" and "What's Going On." But let me not fall down that rat hole.
Lisa Ronson is Mick Ronson's daughter, and the subject of the old Ian Hunter radio staple "Lisa Likes Rock N Roll." Her new release "Emperors Of Medieval Japan" features a few David Bowie family members including guitarists Earl Slick and Reeves Gabrels, as well as Mott The Hoople keyboardist Morgan Fisher. I just had to.
I am not disappointed.
Intentionally or not, "Emperors Of Medieval Japan" sounds like a journey through various stages of David Bowie's career. There are elements of the Berlin Trilogy, some upbeat electronica not unlike what is found on both "Earthling" and "Heathen," and some big balls rock sounding a bit like Tin Machine, all with Ronson's very Siouxsie Sioux approach to singing.
It's too early to tell if "Emperors..." has any lasting power. The songs themselves could use a bit of work, but as a record, I was engaged for two full passes.
The title track is up top and the track below, "Get To You," features the aforementioned Mr. Slick on guitar.