Get Away From Me - Nellie McKay
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  • Summary: London-born, 19-year-old jazz vocalist Nellie McKay makes her debut with this 2-disc set produced by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. Unlike contemporaries such as Norah Jones, McKay brings a darker edge and a sense of humor (and even a hint of hip hop) to her songs, all of which she wrote herself.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Dizzying in its scope and ambition.
  2. Not counting Stephin Merritt, no other under-40 approaches McKay's gift for cabaret.
  3. Often, Get Away From Me sounds like the work of someone with decades of experience getting one shot to try every idea she's ever had. [17 Mar 2004]
  4. So ignore the Doris-Day-meets-Eminem descriptions you’re seeing; this is more like Kate Bush meets Phil Ochs.
  5. A screw is definitely loose somwhere, but so what? [Oct 2004, p.128]
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    Think Randy Newman crooned in a voice like Peggy Lee and delivered with the panache of Rufus Wainwright. [Sep 2004, p.96]
  7. It's sometimes hard to tell who's running the show, the major label or the major talent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. DanF
    Feb 9, 2007
    Totally unpredictable and funny and smart. What else could you ask for?
  2. Skagitguy
    Apr 30, 2005
    I'm a 48 year old middle class republican male (please don't throw things at the monitor). That being said I am very critiacal of music and enjoy Dorisa Day as well as Eminem (yes, really) And while many of Nellie's lyrics often drip with that sardonic liberal wit I've come to loathe... her songwriting and performance is pure genius and soars high above the mind-numbing pop stuff that tries to pass itself off as music. I sat entranced as I listened to her pound out "Sari" on Letterman. It was that same kind of chill as when I heard Coltrane's "Giant Steps" or Tom Wait's "Closing Time" for the first time. Gwen, Jessica, Britney.... please step aside and let a blonde who actually HAS talent step up to the mike. Thank you. Expand
  3. CatB
    Mar 23, 2004
    Britany, Justin, please! No comparison. I saw her on Dave Letterman and was hooked. She's been in my CD player for 2 weeks straight, so far.
  4. JoshW
    Mar 5, 2006
    Her album is so innovative and fresh. Who knew that vocal jazz and rap went together like two peas in a pod?
  5. kevinf
    Apr 1, 2005
    not sure why the critics are so cynical. compared to the trash we hear everyday, numbing us like thorazine, it's nice to hear something that's at least genuine. Expand
  6. ChrisH
    Jan 12, 2007
    If the Bloodhound Gang went to Berekley, this would be the kind of music they would make. Hillariously brilliant album!
  7. ScottA
    Apr 28, 2005
    Annoying, that's all i can think to say, Annoying.

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