The new Missy Higgins is "The Ol' Razzle Dazzle," perhaps synonymous with "the ol' okie doke" or "the Jedi Mind Trick," is just out on Vagrant Records. Higgins is an Aussie vegetarian, PETA member, tree hugger, so her politics prove that she's paying attention and this, her third album is mostly, a knockout. The album opener, "Set Me On Fire," is a delayed description of Thich Quang Duc's send-off in 1963 and likely to recall bad memories from girls with dragon tattoos, but Higgins is just warm for someone's form, much like on "Unashamed Desire." A few of the songs are baseline generic but Higgins' vocals make that a matter of indifference. "Hello Hello" is a bouncy pop gem and the bluesy, introspective girlie love lousy songs like "Temporary Love" encapsulate the whole theory behind the bar scene. She's honest, too, and even though men are clearly the dopes that have screwed the world up, Higgins admits it's "All in My Head." Not likely to get much traction from a dude wearing a Slipknot shirt, this is chick music from a way cool chick.
Rock 'n' Roll Call: Missy Higgins - The Ol' Razzle Dazzle
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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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