Lydia Loveless Goes Somewhere Else

Fantasies and Delusions

THE RECENT SXSW music festival coincided nicely with the promotional push behind Lydia Loveless’ new album. Somewhere Else was released in February by alt-country super-label Bloodshot Records, and as a result, the Ohio singer/songwriter was one of those artists in Austin this March, in town to blow through eight shows in five days, from high-powered showcases for Bloodshot and Spin magazine to lower-profile gigs like the annual party of beloved Austin rockers Grand Champeen.

The first three months of 2014 were spectacular for Loveless. The 23-year-old, who’s from a musical family, made a splash in 2011 with her second album, Indestructible Machine, a bracing country-punk record that heightened the anticipation for this year’s follow-up.

After a false start or two—Loveless says she scrapped a bunch of songs that felt like she was trying too hard to be “the epitome of alt-country”—she delivered an absolute gem.Somewhere Else finds Loveless in a fiery and confessional place, exploring the ups and downs of relationships with a lyrical bluntness that complements her powerful voice and backing band. On her third album, Loveless has turned the corner from alt-country in favor of a muscular and melodic brand of rootsy rock ‘n’ roll.

She describes the fuel for Somewhere Else as a “self-loathing sort of crisis” that left her feeling “disgusted” at her efforts to fit into not only a stylistic box but also to become a songwriting machine. “I had to just relax and let other influences come out, I think. People have talked about how it sounds so different, but to me it felt like the most natural progression in the world. I think for a while I was just trying to be too genre-oriented for the sake of pleasing people.”

Read the complete review at:The Portland Mercury

Lydia Loveless Is ‘Manic and Excited and Inspired’

By Elliott Sharp on in Features

We spoke with Lydia Loveless about her new album, ‘Somewhere Else,’ out now via Bloodshot Records.

Lydia Loveless is walking home from hot yoga. “It was fucking hellish,” she says. “But it’s the warmest thing you can do in Ohio right now. It’s 105 degrees in the room, so it’s pretty awesome, if you like torturing yourself, which I do. It’s exhilarating.”

If you listen to the 23-year-old musician’s new album, ‘Somewhere Else,’ out this week through Bloodshot Records, it is not hard to tell she enjoys a bit of torture. The songs are about losing at love and life and whatever else there is to lose. But Loveless always sounds like she’s having the time of her life.

She seeks corners around corners, drinks way too much wine, takes loneliness to the extreme, loves head, and romanticizes that one time Verlaine shot Rimbaud. The music is a bit alt-country — think Whiskeytown — and a bit punk — think: The Replacements. And Loveless has a spectacular twang and timeless power to her voice.

‘Somewhere Else’ is Loveless’ third full-length album and it is also her strongest. With a new band behind her, she sounds more confident and urgent and on fire than ever. As she was walking from yoga to her home, in Columbus, Ohio, I asked her a few questions about her new album, Beck’s new album, and some things she tweeted on Twitter.

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Album review: Lydia Loveless’ brazen ‘Somewhere Else’

By Todd MartensFebruary 18, 2014, 6:17 a.m.

There’s having no shame, and then there’s Lydia Loveless.

Over the course of three albums, the 23-year-old Ohioan has given the age of over-sharing one of its most brazen country outlaws. The drama chronicled on “Somewhere Else” isn’t just rowdy, it’s borderline illicit. Loveless sings of wanting to “love you like a father loves a son,” gets defensive that anyone would question her decision to phone a married ex in the middle of the night (hey, “the phone was right there”) and when it comes to lust, she doesn’t have time for mere innuendo.

Hard-living and desperation are typically the topics when country and punk collide, and Loveless’ five-piece backing band, which used to include her father until she fired him, supports the storyteller/guitarist with minimum fuss and devil-may-care adjustments. She has all the grace of Loretta Lynn on “Verlaine Shot Rimbaud,” until your realize she wants a lover so crazy there’s threats of gunfire.

“Wine Lips” is a train wreck of embarrassment, but the guitars seem to smile with her every digression. Barroom riffs and steel guitar textures tussle amid Loveless’ modest snarl on “To Love Somebody,” and even when she delivers a tearjerker, she is out for blood. Going home again is just an excuse to “find a rich man’s house and burn it down.” What, your family reunions lack class warfare?

Lydia Loveless

“Somewhere Else”

Bloodshot Records

Three and a half stars (Out of four)

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