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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. Pretty Little Head sounds like a record from a woman coming out of girlhood -- more confident, more wise about love, and more focused about her concerns, if no less passionate.
  4. What... is immediately evident is the extent to which McKay has grown as a musician. [Feb 2006, p.130]
  5. The stream-of-conscious raps that peppered her debut have been scaled back, replaced by relatively more traditional compositions, but the music is still deliciously unpredictable, and the words are a pack of SweeTart poetry.
  6. 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
  1. JaneK
    Nov 8, 2006
    10
    The best album of the year hands down
  2. NelliefanMcKay
    Oct 31, 2006
    10
    What a fantastic album!!!!! It should have been released a year ago on Columbia, but it is well worth the wait. Get Away From Me was a What a fantastic album!!!!! It should have been released a year ago on Columbia, but it is well worth the wait. Get Away From Me was a terrific record but this one tops that. It really shows Nellie's progression as an artist. Expand
  3. CaseyW
    Oct 31, 2006
    10
    Nellie is perfect and can do no wrong.
  4. JohnR
    Feb 22, 2007
    8
    Got the album a little while ago, and as always, I'm not listening hard to begin with. For now, it's just background for work or Got the album a little while ago, and as always, I'm not listening hard to begin with. For now, it's just background for work or play. Music, voice, and a few words come through, and as of today, it all sounds great. But if this album is like Get Away From Me, I'd better not listen too carefully to the lyrics or that 8 rating will drop. Expand
  5. GilesB
    Nov 29, 2006
    7
    great album let down by one or two really annoying tunes
  6. ReubenF
    Dec 18, 2006
    7
    Nellie McKay combines being a little too girly cute for some with being a little too feminist for others, with a dash of anti-Norah Jones Nellie McKay combines being a little too girly cute for some with being a little too feminist for others, with a dash of anti-Norah Jones piano tinkle and a stand-up comic sense of fun. An artist to watch in coming years - she hasn't quite found herself yet. Expand