Album review of Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine

Album Reviews, Artists, Features, Music — By on September 12, 2011 3:36 pm

Bloodshot Records is set to release Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine on Tuesday September 12, 2011. Loveless is a 21 year old songwriter from Columbus, Ohio with the heart of a traditional country singer and the attitude and bravado of a gutter punk musician. Her songs range the gamut from Loretta Lynn style country vocals and music to a female version of Greg Graffin (Bad Religion) style rocking punk. Her songs are honest and straight from the heart and never seem at any point to be contrived or derivative. If you are a fan of alt. country then this album will be a staple of your collection for a long time to come.

Indestructible Machine features Hank III style rockin’ alt. country songs like “Bad Way To Go” and “Jesus Was A Wino.” The first is a song about unrequited love and the second is a hilarious yet logical and potentially controversial observation based on the well known story of Jesus turning water to wine. “Steve Earle” is an interesting song about a female that has the songwriter Steve Earle as a stalker. Earle stands outside her bedroom calling her name and shows up everywhere she plays following her relentlessly. Loveless shifts gears with songs like “How Many Women” and “Crazy” which both feature the range and power of her sultry and powerful voice and are more traditional country in style.

Lydia Loveless has the opportunity to be crowned the queen of the alt. country genre with the release of Indestructible Machine. Whatever accolades she receives will be well deserved as this album shows a maturity and polish that is not commonly found on many albums let alone one from a 21 year old relative new comer. Loveless is a gifted songwriter and has a unique and sexy voice that grabs you by the balls punches you in the face and leaves you thanking her for the experience. Indestructible Machine when all is said and done is one of the best alt. country albums of 2011 and an instant classic for the ages. Grab a copy as soon as you can and judge Lydia Loveless’ music for yourself. For more information on Lydia Loveless, her album, and tour dates visit Make sure you check her out when she comes to Nashville on tour. She is playing at the legendary Station Inn on September 23, 2011 with Justin Townes Earle, Jason Isbell, Caitlin Rose, and Those Darlins. This show should definitely be a great one!

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