Lydia Loveless – Indestructible Machine

January 01, 1970



Combining the irascible attitude of Neko Case, the brash
bravado of early kd lang and the indomitable wallop of Loretta Lynn, Lydia
Loveless has already made a sturdy impression early on. With Indestructible Machine, her proper label
debut, she channels all the insurgency and defiance she can muster for a series
of songs that demonstrate a steadfast presence all her own.


Casual observers get the hint even on first glance, courtesy
of song titles like “Steve Earle” and “Jesus Was a Wino,” not to mention a back
cover photo showing her puffing on a cigarette with a guitar and empty jug of
wine strategically situated behind her. Yet, dropping the needle on any number
of tunes – “Bad Way To Go,” “Can’t Change Me” and “Do Right,” simply for
starters — offers all the evidence needed that Loveless’ arched image has less
to do with petulant posturing and more to do with a well-honed talent. The
outrage and indignation voiced through the sturdy honky-tonk of “How Many
Women” and the mirth and mockery embedded in “Jesus Was a Wino” reflect an
unrepentant approach that dominates the proceedings throughout.


Clearly not one to mess with, this confident, compelling
outing suggests she can hold her own even within the top tier of alt-country’s
rowdier women.


Way To Go,” “How Many Women” LEE ZIMMERMAN

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