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Review: 'Lou Kyme'
'What's The Worst That Can Happen'   

-  Label: 'Blue Smoke Records'
-  Genre: 'Alt/Country' -  Release Date: '4.9.20.'-  Catalogue No: 'BSCD2504'

Our Rating:
Among the answers to the title of this album now includes my first review of this album disappearing from my computer so I have to write the review a second time. Add that to the pandemic that has happened after this album was recorded last summer, as well as all the heartache contained in the lyrics of this cool album, that features most of Chuck Prophets Mission express as backing band, for Lou Kyme who comes from Southampton and used to be in her families band The Okeh Wranglers and this has plenty going for it.

The album opens with the country rocker Oh love that sounds a lot like The Long Insiders as the tale of love and what can go wrong with it unfolds over a cool beat and some really good guitar bits from Chuck Prophet.

What's The Worst That Can Happen is a slow deliberate country heartbreaker as Lou wonders what will happen to her next and how can she pick up the pieces of her life.

You're The One I Want feels bright and upbeat as Lou hopes she is going to get the love she wants from the object of her desire and is the first song on the album that reminds me of Sweethearts Of The Rodeo when she starts to harmonize with Stephanie Finch's backing vocals.

No Man's land is slow measured and full of rueful regret for the passing of another relationship and thoughts of what will happen if you push her too far, this may be perfect for sobbing into your bottomless glass too.

I Don't Care has a well slightly careworn feel to it as Lou tells us just how much she has lost trust in everything you tell her as she knows what a liar you are, I love the way the guitars have a short burst to denote a new verse and the organ that's underpinning everything.

Let's Drive has a zydeco Sweethearts Of The Rodeo feel to it and is a cool road trip of a song that takes us down some wide open American roads and feels like they have the wind in there hair as they try to attain that state of bliss.

The album closes with Want You Back With Me as Lou asks to have another go round with an Ex, will it be better this time round, well maybe either way this is perfect to dance to at a country hoedown, I'm sure you could come up with a square dance to go with this song.

Oh and if I ever find the original review I wrote for this album I may post that too as I think it was better than this version. Find out more at www.louisekymemusic.com www.facebook.com/loukymemusic
  author: simonovitch

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