Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ken's Top 10 of 2014 - #8: Sallie Ford - Slap Back

Slap Back confused me on the first listen. Back when Sallie Ford was with The Sound Outside, I would describe her as white girl blues for indie rockers. The bluesy sound is almost completely exorcised with The Sound Outside, and her new all girl band has a much edgier, rock sound. This might be literally the only time an act has added keyboards and ended up more rock than before. "Workin' the Job" is one of my favorite songs of the year. It's great seeing someone have the confidence to change their sound so drastically on their third album. I mean, it's not like you're not going to recognize Slap Back as the same person to have brought you Untamed Beast last year, but it's definitely a change. I'm very curious what she'll sound like in a year or two as she settles into her new band a bit more.

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