Volume 91, Issue 93

Wednesday, March 25, 1998



Escaping the shadows of the indie world

Mary Lou Lord
Got No Shadow
Sony Music

Music reviewers may be tempted to describe Mary Lou Lord's latest release, Got No Shadow, as more mature than her earlier attempts. True, her sound has definitely filled out on this album. However, the same intelligent woman, armed with concise social commentary and a guitar, is still there.

The songs on this album are lyrically similar to Lord's previous self-titled release, on American indie rock label Kill Rock Stars. She's still singing about high school loves stolen, but in retrospect, not missed.

Lord may have a high-pitched schoolgirl voice, but she gives the impression of knowing the ways of the world. Anyone who has grown up in a small town will be able to appreciate the views Lord offers in such songs as "She Had You," and "Seven Sisters."

As in her previous album, Lord is supported by a diverse group of tremendous talent. Shawn Colvin is credited with providing background vocals, just as Juliana Hatfield did on the Kill Rock Stars release.

Mary Lou Lord is the principle songwriter on the album, although she does offer one interesting cover, "The Lucky One" by Freedy Johnston. The song "Lights Are Changing" is also included, although it previously appeared as the first track on Lord's indie release.

An EP, entitled The Pace of Change, has also been recently produced by Sony. The EP features four cover songs done by Lord, including Billy Bragg's Canadian political lovesong allegory "Ontario, Quebec and Me."

It is obvious that Lord's move to a major label has been good for her musical career. Music as brilliant as this should not be left behind in the shadows.

–Lisa Weaver

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