Toronto’s own Jenny Bea Englishman a.k.a. Esthero (as she is known to most) is quite critical of watered down talent on her latest album, Wikkid Lil Grrls, her second full length album which took roughly seven years to hit the shelves of music stores.
We are in need of a musical revolution, the self professed pixie pirate declares on the title track. Esthero doesn’t hold back either. She is quick to point out that an alleged rapist like R. Kelly can still sell records despite his actions. But why then does she find the need for all the male bashing and the perpetuation of “casual sex is not just okay, it’s revenge” by suggesting in her lyrics that she breaks the hearts of many a young man for the broken hearted girls who pump her music on their stereos?
Don’t get me wrong, this is a pretty solid album that can’t help but get one a least a tad aroused, but on the flip side one has to wonder if this is the musical revolution we need. Is this the cause we should gather together and revolt over? What exactly is the cause, anyway? Girl Power? Not very original there, I think I’ll wait for the Spice Girls reunion.
Also not original is some of the style you’ll find here. The numbers done with Sean Lennon end up sounding like something off a Beatles album and the chants of “I miss you” on the song “Blanket Me In You” sound like Esthero is trying to mimic Bjork. But I refuse to say this album deserves any less than three stars because, despite the many instances of un-originality, for the most part this album is a very decent package of good songwriting. Which is still one step ahead of Britney, Ashanti, or Pink.