Kay Hanley: The Babydoll EP
By: Sara Zeno
The Babydoll EP
from Kay Hanley
is the newest tantalizing nugget from this continually striking
musician. The songwriting abounds with sparkling images: virgin
snow; the fourth moon of Jupiter; juniper berry; fields of lavender;
Deborah Kerr at the edge of the world. Not surprisingly, Hanley's
sonorous voice seizes your attention from the opening.
The recording's sound
mixes energetic rock and roll and introspective ballads. Its themes
feel very adult this time around, contemplating "what God has in
mind" from In Clouds and wishes for the future in Baby
Doll: Darling don't you make the same mistakes as me. . .
I will cut my apron strings / And you will live my hopeful dreams.
The energetic drive of
Lullaby Lucky and Te Amo nicely juxtapose the slinky
melancholy of Stay Stay, the most gripping songs included here.
Lullaby Lucky and Te Amo lament unsuccessful affairs
of the heart: You're just trouble now I see and Where
you going, love? Where's your burning love for me? The song
Stay Stay explores the tentative, wistful hope for love:
Are we finally getting somewhere? / Say it's not too late / I'm
doing the best that I can.
Hanley's latest whets
the appetite for a full-length recording, creating a craving for
the always compelling explorations of such a gossamer artist.