People have managed to make entire careers out of single songs. It’s a pity at times, and having to listen to someone rehashing ‘Kung-Fu Fighting’ or ‘It’s raining men’ once every decade might be good for Carl Douglas and The Weathergirls, but for the public it’s a horrid affair. however, no-one could grudge Nena a quiet, comfortable life for penning ’99 Red Balloons’ and though Dexy’s might have made their name (and a fair bit of money, presumably) with ‘Come on Eileen’, their career has been a lot longer than the mainstream press give them credit for. However, I don’t know how many careers have been made out of a single line.
Lisa Mitchell has a lovely voice. It makes the kind of sound that you’d love to just have a little sleep on – it’s all velvety and warming, meaning that it’s only a matter of time before someone from an advertising company comes along and snaps her up for an Orange advert or something. but she deserves it – and she’s got songs that have so much more personality than, say, Norah Jones. It’s a sign of the times that she was first catapulted to stardom via Australian Idol, a fact that makes me so sad that I can hardly bare it. And she’s also supported Newton Faulkner, which is another black mark on her. However, I’m willing to forgive anything for someone who comes up with lines like:
I like the way that you talk
I like the way that you walk
It’s hard to recreate
Such an individual gait
That song, Neapolitan Dream, is my personal highlight of an album that sometimes falls into mediocrity, but still, she’s packed a lot more into her 20 years than I have in my 21 so I can hardly criticise. She’s got a huge amount of promise, but don’t be surprised to see and hear her pretty much everywhere in the coming months, for better or worse.
You can get one of her MP3’s over at her website: