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Baby Arms

babyarmsreview by Stacy Norman
Baby Arms: ‘Sampler’ (LP)
out now
Full disclosure: I’m already in love with Jennifer Doveton‘s solo project, Baby Arms, so when this sampler was announced, I was eagerly throwing my money at Bandcamp and ordering a copy.
For the uninitiated, Doveton has already proven herself to be a talented songwriter and vocalist with her band Colour Me Wednesday. Seriously, along with her sister Harriet (Colour Me Wendesday, The Tuts), the Doveton’s are on their way to becoming some sort of magical indie-pop powerhouse.
Opening track ‘Eviscerator’ immediately had me thinking of Blake Babies, with it’s attention-grabbing bass line underneath guitars that manage to sound both jangley and emotive. I find myself coming back to this track the most on this album.
Baby Arms at LOUD WOMEN Fest 2017
Another standout moment is ‘Garden City’, a short but memorable track that really shows off Doveton’s vocal talents as her voice floats up towards the higher end of the scale with ease.
As this is a sampler, rather than an official “album”, some tracks appear a second time as part of the Radio Beton sessions Doveton played over the summer. I love this, as it allows you to compare how the songs sound in different settings, and it’s left me even more eager to see these songs performed live for myself.
Things are rounded off with Doveton’s cover of Throwing Muses’ ‘Not Too Soon’, originally appearing on a compilation put out by For the Safe of Tapes, called ‘Hang in There’, which features covers by various UK DIY bands/artists, to raise money for MIND.
This sampler collects Doveton’s recordings so far, and serves as a perfect introduction to her music if you’ve yet to jump on board. Her beautiful vocals and poetically personal lyrics place her somewhere between Juliana Hatfield, Mitski and Waxahatchee – not a bad place to be!

Lana Del Rey: ‘Lust for Life’

lanareview by Stacy Norman
Lana Del Rey: ‘Lust for Life’ (LP) 
out now
If I’m honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Lana Del Rey‘s newest album; I’m a fan, but the lead single ‘Love’ really didn’t do anything for me. It just seems to be flat and lacking something, unlike ‘Video Games’, the song that had so many of us falling in love with her six summers ago.
This album is quite heavy on the featured artists, which I was also a bit unsure of, but most of the collaborations actually work really well. I especially love the way Del Rey’s voice blends with Stevie Nicks‘ on ‘Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems’.
While Del Rey is known for her use of Americana iconography, and an almost eerie sense of faux-nostalgia, in her lyrics (it’s one of the things I like about her music), there are times on this album where it almost borders on self-parody. Don’t get me wrong – the clearly intentional meta nature of ‘Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind’ isn’t lost on me. I get it. It’s just, no level of self-awareness can get me through a story of watching Father John Misty perform to a sea of flower crowns. Sorry Lana.
With all of that said though, when Del Rey gets it right, it results in some of her strongest material. ‘God Bless America’ was written in response to the Republican’s continued attack on women’s rights, and it’s one of the album’s highlights.
The also-political ‘When the World Was at War, We Kept Dancing’ is another favourite of mine; deliciously dark in its prediction of World War III, it seems Lana is at her best when she goes that bit deeper with her song meanings.
I started off this review under the opinion that this was Del Rey’s weakest album, overall. However, with repeated listens as I wrote, it has definitely grown on me! I don’t imagine ‘Lust For Life’ will do much in terms of gaining Del Rey more fans, it will hopefully appeal to her already admirable fanbase, and perhaps turn some casual fans into something more.