ARTIST: Ex Hex
YEAR RELEASED: 2014
CHART ACTION: #170, #24 Alternative, #46 Rock
SINGLES: Hot and Cold
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not on radio
LINEUP: Mary Timony, Laura Harris, Betsy Wright
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Mary Timony’s new project is a straight-ahead (relatively) rock-and-roll trio. It’s impressive.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: If you’ve been a fan of the underground, true-alternative music scene since the 90’s, you know Mary Timony as the leader of Helium and of her solo work. (One of her albums was called Ex Hex, BTW). She also was a ringleader in Wild Flag, a super-group of female alt-rockers that got fairly popular.
That last experience may have spurred her to abandon the minor key, weird tuning, and oddly structured music she was doing for almost two decades, and move towards the mainstream, albiet the alternative mainstream. The trio she formed kicks up a racket without ‘selling out’ – whatever that means now.
Tweleve tight songs, (10 by Timony and two by Besty Wright), a straight forward sound, and guitars to the fore make this debut a logical add to any alt-rock playlist. The simple pleasures are sometimes the best.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Famous producer Mitch Easter engineered this record.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE A-: Good songs, tight arrangements, and rockin’ guitars. Yeah, yeah, yeah.