Pretty Little Head - Nellie McKay
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  • Summary: The singer/songwriter's sophomore set (delayed for a year due to an acrimonious split with her record label) includes collaborations with k.d. lang and Cyndi Lauper.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Not every moment is essential, but compromise just isn't part of McKay's dazzling, defiant repertoire.
  2. Adding some range to the offbeat persona she presented in 2004's "Get Away From Me," McKay comes on as a Harlem Holly Golightly, a twentysomething social activist with a disarming mastery of pop vernacular -- pop in the broadest sense, embracing cabaret, show tunes, old standards and a bit of '70s rock in the vein of Elton John and Cyndi Lauper.
  3. Candy-coated and a teensy bit tart, Pretty Little Head grows in delight with every bite.
  4. The more I listened, the more beguiling it became. [Dec 2006, p.93]
  5. 80
    Though she seems to be done with rapping, her hip-hop loops and restless genre-mixing still save her from vintage-dress purgatory. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.94]
  6. Shed of a few tracks, Head would be a more top-to-bottom pleasing album, but it wouldn't be McKay's album.
  7. It's one thing to be eclectic; it's another thing entirely for an album to lack a cohesive conceit that connects one track to all the others.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6