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Posted on Saturday, September 03, 2005 @ 06:50:57 UTC
Artist: Leslie Nuss
Home: Chicago, Illinois
Style: Pop Rock
Quote: "Gutsy and sly, she captures your attention, and I mean all of it."
By Kevan Breitinger
Whimsical and wildly imaginative, Leslie Nuss doesn’t bring a mere album, but a whole experience. A singing provocateur, she is here to rock your world with her self-titled outpouring of thoughtful challenges and fashion statements. Oh yes, on this project the artist’s stylistic sensibilities play a close second to her considerable musical potency.
We can’t even begin to discuss her very appealing music without first discussing this interesting CD package. Part Vogue layout, part liner notes (in the style of a high end fashion spread), she communicates immediately her originality and verve extraordinaire with the bizarre poses a la centerpieces gone horribly wrong. Gutsy and sly, she captures your attention, and I mean all of it.
The entertaining buildup doesn’t disappoint. She is just as quirky and inventive musically, offering up original songs laden with delicate imagery and wry commentaries delivered effectively with intelligence and great humor. In short, she’s a good time, this Leslie Nuss. Standout tracks include the wailing rocker “I Was Not Made for This World,” which incidentally could serve as her theme song. “Give it Up” is a comic look at existentialism, and the languid “What Do I Do to Make You Mine” drips with lazy love.
Don’t miss the wry “He’s Not Gay (He Just Doesn’t Like You)” and the radio-ready tribute to her beloved “New York City.” Completely out of character but still perfectly dreamy is the wistful closer “In the Morning.” Original and creative, she’s a lotta fun.
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