Somewhere Gone - Exene Cervenka
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  • Summary: The lead singer of the punk rock band X releases her first solo album on the Bloodshot Records label.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Somewhere Gone is a different animal from Cervenka's acoustic music of the late '80s and early '90s, at once simpler, riskier, and more confident, and it captures one of the great wild talents of her generation in strong and impressive form, still unafraid to take her talent in new directions after more than a quarter-century of blazing trails.
  2. 80
    Disarmingly playful, deceptively gripping, its songs at first seem wayward, erratic, but soon enough reveal their own internal title song. [Nov 2009, p. 83]
  3. 80
    Unlike her previous solo release, it's all music, no spoken word (her other job is poet), though the lyrics are often good enough to make you sit up. [Dec 2009, p. 101]
  4. Like the loss of a loved one, Somewhere Gone inspires fond memories of the good times while acknowledging that the world is full of less-than-good times, too.
  5. Cervenka edits herself well on much the album, making Somewhere Gone a promising start to a new direction in her already storied career.
  6. The bulk of Somewhere Gone brings to mind a bummed out, burned out Neko Case. [Nov 2009, p.109]
  7. 50
    The writing still can be vividly evocative, but the uninspired, folky arrangements make her words too easy to ignore.