Monday 19 February 2018

Music: Babybeef by Babybeef * * *

John Meagher

John Meagher

If you like The Hundred in the Hands, chances are you'll also dig Babybeef -- aka one-woman enterprise Sarah Carroll Kelly.

In fact, the Dublin-based electro-pop performer supported the New Yorkers when they played Crawdaddy in May.

Several commentators have noted the comparisons with Little Boots, and there's validity in the comparisons.

But while the former's debut album sounded like a major label record that was studiously made to sound like it was recorded in a bedsit, Babybeef's album really was recorded on a shoestring.

The lo-fi approach works well with Kelly's limited vocals, although she has little trouble coaxing playful sounds from her vintage equipment.

The album's first 15 minutes are especially impressive as she delivers one rather lovely track after the next. I'm OK, in particular, suggests that there's plenty of reason to be excited about Ms Kelly -- it's a cracking tune, one of the best Irish songs of the year (and it's been a particularly strong year on the domestic front).

She also has fun with a cover of AC/DC's Thunderstruck, which is retooled out of almost all recognition, although it does serve to expose the considerable limitations of her voice.

And one imagines that a top-notch producer could work wonders with some of the material here.

Burn it: I'm OK; Wait

Irish Independent

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