Saturday, May 6, 2017

Lydia Loveless - "Desire"/"Sorry"

Neither Jeff or I could get fully into Lydia Loveless's 2016 album Real. It was just a change in style that didn't work for us. One of the bigger disappointments for me was that the album didn't include "Desire," a song that featured prominently in the documentary Who is Lydia Loveless? Luckily, we can finally get a copy ourselves since "Desire" has been released as a digital single. It's a great mid-tempo song that fits snugly in between her older country rockers and her newer, more pop sound.

The B-side of "Desire" is "Sorry," which is apparently a Justin Bieber cover. I may have heard the original version of "Sorry" since I do go out in public every so often, but I've never knowingly heard the song. I'll assume it's an overproduced pop nightmare, but in Loveless's hands it's an intense acoustic rock song, sung with a heartbreaking intensity. It reminds me of the way Evan Dando can take the most top 40 style pop song imaginable and transform it into a deeply personal experience with an acoustic guitar.

You can listen to "Desire" and "Sorry" below. You can get your own copy of the digital single on Bandcamp. For more on Lydia Loveless, check out her website.

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