Last year I waxed I geeked out about Canadian singer-songwriter Mo Kenney's debut album. This time around, Kenney's given us even more music to adore.
I'm not the only one who took notice of Kenney. Kenney's self-titled debut earned her nine different songwriting awards and she's only upped her game since. While her first album wasn't exactly peppy, In My Dreams is well, dark. "I Faked It," the lead-off track, caught my attention right away:
I faked it
now that I look back
from the very first kiss
I knew it wouldn’t last
‘cause I liked it
I remember how it felt
when I fell in love with someone
and they hit below the belt
so I hit you
and I knew that you would hate me
shooting fish inside a barrel
yeah it’s never been so easy
Kenney's performance is no less arresting, a powerful mix of smug self-satisfaction and seething self-hatred. Even Kenney's gentler songs, like "Dancing," aren't quite as simple as it seems like it should at first glance. In this album, Kenney pushes herself away from intelligent pop and folk songs to something much more emotionally and musically complex, much like another Canadian singer-songwriter who looks sharp in a tie and vest (that Google image search did not make me sad). There's no question, though, that Kenney stands on her own as an important new voice. I eagerly await her first trip south of the border.
Mo Kenney -- Official, Facebook, Bandcamp