Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Fair Lady

There's something about Brits. Whether it's their poetically pronounced language, their natural ability to gravitate towards eloquence even when they might be saying something insulting, or the fact that their Britpop sound is one of the most influential musical subgenre foundations underneath what we listen to today - I just love 'em. In all shapes and sizes, all sounds, all ages, all eras - the music out of the United Kingdom has a way of royally courting you in the most genuine of ways.

Such is also true of the influx of vocally blunt female crooners and their bouncy, Motown-meets-bubblegum pop addictiveness. First came Amy Winehouse, then Lily Allen, then Kate Nash, then Florence and the Machine, and now a little pixie-soul-princess named after the famous cockney Cinderella story character from the 1964 classic My Fair Lady. It's now 23 year-old Eliza Doolittle who's crashing the scene with her nearly effortless pipes and jumpy jazz tunes. Pleasantly honest and often coyly withholding her ability to belt, Doolittle has the appearance of an even mini-er Minnie Driver who has candidly tender girlish stories to tell.

Everything from her adorably endearing covers of Coldplay's "Yellow" and "Creep" by Radiohead, to her own hop-scotching doo-wop songwriting, has sold me on her future endeavours. At 23, she's made quite a bit of headway in her own right, and I get the feeling she won't fade so easily, and actually might rise to higher Britpop stardom than is immediately expected of her.

Take a listen to my three personal favourites from Doolittle, and see if you (like me) actually predict that she will do anything but little in her music career.

                                                              "Nobody" - Eliza Doolittle

                                                           "Pack it Up "- Eliza Doolittle

"Skinny Genes" - Eliza Doolittle

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