Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Marykate O'Neil: Underground

Marykate O'Neil
Nettwerk Records [2009]

Fire Drills Review:
Not to play too much on the album's title but Marykate is a talented artist from Brooklyn that really has been below the radar and underground with her solid singer/songwriter style until now. Following last years introduction mkULTRA EP [2008], Underground is O'Neil's fourth record and features contributions from Jill Sobule, Micky Grimm (Over The Rhine) and Ken Maiuri (Pedro The Lion) plus the production help of Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Elvis Costello, Sleater-Kinney) and mixing by Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Matthew Sweet, David Meade). All of this talented help is reflected in Undergrounds big sound while Marykate's likable voice is made for TV soundtracks and given the right break she could be a household name with her simple but endearing delivery.

Key Track: "Nashville"

Band With Similar Fire: Aimee Mann

One Thousand Times A Day (mp3)

Official Marykate O'Neil Website
Marykate O'Neil MySpace

-Reviewed by Robyn Gatsby