DIARY - 16 AUGUST 2010 - LAURA BELL BUNDY CD REVIEW
LAURA BELL BUNDY
ACHIN' AND SHAKIN' (MERCURY-UNIVERSAL)
BUNDY BEATS THE CHEATER
been through your pockets and smelled your shirts/ I don't wear Bath and
Body Works/ should seen the signs you were sneakin' around."- Giddy
On Up - Laura Bell Bundy-Jeff Cohen-Mike Shimshack.
chanteuse Lara Bell Bundy graduated from Broadway in New York to Nashville
she maximised marketing.
The Legally Blonde, Hairspray and Wicked star released her
video for single Giddy On Up almost two months before the CD.
It was a smart move for Bundy who was nominated for a Tony award for her
lead role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde - The Musical.
Her videogenic spoof of a cheating Lothario - one of 11 songs she wrote
on her debut disc - is up there with the Dixie Chicks clip of Dennis Linde
penned hit Goodbye Earl.
The vanquished villain doesn't choke on black-eyed peas - instead he is
whipped within an inch of his life after being sprung.
This superbly choreographed performance is all fuelled by a clogging-hip
hop hybrid with fiddles, mandolin and horns.
The diminutive blonde sells her music with a larger than life extension
of her stage persona.
"Should've been drinkin' just to forget/ should've left my lipstick
on a cigarette." - Cigarette - Laura Bell Bundy-Nathan Chapman.
to country staples - cheating and heartache on her creative concept disc.
She splits her 12-tune CD into vinyl style A - for Achin' heartbreak songs
and B for Shakin' upbeat flippant tunes.
So what's the heartache like?
Well, sensual entrée waltz Drop On By - recently released
second single - exudes optimism.
Bundy's character pleads for her long absent lover to return to her and
her warm bottle of red wine.
The spurned spouse ignites a matrimonial romance font in Curse The
Bed where she uses a hammer to dismantle and then set fire to the
Bundy exploits another bed metaphor in sorrow stained Cigarette
- she penned both songs with Taylor Swift's producer Nathan Chapman.
She also exorcises regret of a one-night stand in bluesy Please
- written with seasoned songsmiths Brice Long and Tommy Lee James.
Bundy teams with Chapman, also her producer and session guitarist, for
that historical romance wrecker - the tyranny of distance - in When
It All Goes South.
Bundy also indulges in childhood fantasies and wanderlust, or maybe just
lust, in Homecoming Queen.
"So many things to see, never one to settle, if you were a hat I'd
try you on."
I get all over you, can I get over him?/ I've been feeling so blue, give
me back my faith in men/ pick me up and lay me down, won't you be my rebound."
- Rebound - Laura Bell Bundy-Jerry Flowers.
theme recurs as an energised sassy camped up dance driven B Side - right
from entrée song Giddy On Up.
is a charismatic character actor - she casts herself as the vixen
in I'm No Good For Ya Baby.
And she borrows from comedienne country singer Kacey Jones as the
resurrected lover in Rebound - penned with expat Keith Urban's
long time bassist Jerry Flowers.
Bundy drops the name of Beyonce in her ring reference but the fiddle,
banjo and dobro ensures that's the only similarity.
Her character also yearns to be recipient of true love without need
of a diamond ring or name change in Boyfriend.
Laura is openly derivative, pillaging Parton and Twain in uptempo
tunes and Opry orioles in ballads.
So it's no
surprise her disc builds to a creative crescendo.
She sets the mood for the strident stomp of If You Want My Love
with time tested honky tonk imagery.
"Stepped up to the bar and the band was jamming/ raise my glass,
But then it's time for a celebration of love and life in the banjo driven
hot gospel finale - Everybody (Needs Somebody.)
Bundy will score flack from purists for well-rehearsed theatrics but her
bonus is a broader fan base.
There's a welcome undercurrent of kitschy humour in her entry into the
eclectic genre reaching beyond bucolic boundaries.
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