Artist: Poe
Listenability Scale: 70%
Released by: Atlantic Records
A Review by:
The Dude on the Right

The dudette’s name is Poe. Nope, her parents weren’t psycho Edgar Allen Poe fans, it turns out she was a psycho Edgar Allen Poe fan, and through her own trials and tribulations ended up with a CD called Hello. She enlists thousands and thousands of musicians and producer types, alright, just a dozen or two, and came up with an alternative, kinda pop, kinda jazzy sometimes, kinda rock, kinda a whole bunch of influences on a CD packed with music showing scary times on the street and scary times with boyfriends/guys and a touch of hope.

Personally, I think its hard to classify Poe, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. You could sit and enjoy a little cappuccino listening to “Fingertips,” but if your shuffle-play puts “Trigger Happy Jack” next, your heart might hit over-drive. The CD never really hits a style, not really ever a rocker, not really ever an alternativer, not really ever a jazzer, but sometimes it is scary. There’s a lot of dark messages in her lyrics: “there’s nothing more sadistic than an infant waving his pistol in my face” from “Trigger Happy Jack,” love messages: “Let it be me, let me be your love” from “Fingertips, and psychotic messages: “I wanna kill you, I wanna blow you away” from “Angry Johnny.” I’m scared, but I keep listening.

You know, as musically pleasing this CD is, you really need to listen to it to hear lyrics that at first seem thrown together, but in the end there is a meaning, a deep one, in each of them.

Poe’s Hello gets 70% on the Entertainment Ave! listenability scale.

That’s it for this time. I’m The Dude on the Right. L8R!