January 01, 1970





Raised in
the same Georgia environs that bred the equally outspoken Indigo Girls,
Michelle Malone has maintained a respectable recording career encompassing rock,
pop, gospel, blues and independent efforts for the better part of the past 25
years. While the bulk of her efforts have largely escaped public notice, Day 2 may very well provide a new
beginning, thanks to a set of songs that are firmly assertive and far more
tenacious in terms of their approach.


For the
most part, Malone aims to strike a responsive chord, be it in the rowdy riposte
and outsider’s view of “Other Girls,” the pointedly political “Immigration
Game” or her heartbreaking family history, detailed not once, but twice,
through both “Marlboro Man” and “St. Peter.” Malone relates these turbulent
tales through individual reflection and a singular point of view, but filtered
though the sensual sway of “Day 2,” the bluesy stomp of “Chicken Lickin’
Boogie” and the gospel shuffle that propels the aforementioned “Immigration
Game,” the immediacy of the material becomes all the more emphatic. Likewise,
when “St. Peter” finds Malone baring her soul and lamenting the fact she was
unable to bid her dying father farewell (“While I was crying out on the
highway/I never got to tell him goodbye or how I loved him”), the emotion’s so
raw and visceral, the listener almost feels like they’re intruding on a private


Shawn Mullins, no slacker himself when it comes to relaying irony through
discourse, pushes Malone to exorcise her inner demons and express some frenzied
frustrations, the result being an album that’s seethes with passion and
defiance. From the dawn of Day
2 forward, it’s
increasingly clear Malone ought not be overlooked any more.


DOWNLOAD: “Marlboro Man,” “Immigration
Game,” “St. Peter” LEE ZIMMERMAN


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