Review Revue: Mary Kelley - Greetings Five

For perhaps the first time in this series, an artist’s own web site is proving to be my best source. I’m not sure how musically active Mary Kelley is these days (although it’s clear she started playing music again in 2006 after a long hiatus), but her personal site is filled with information, both biographical and artistical. In just a few minutes I managed to learn a little bit about her old band, The Contractions, and her fascinating solo career, all while listening to this very album, Greetings Five. It’s even got a little feature where information about each song comes up as it plays, and you can read wonderful things from the artist herself about the songs, such as “The horse hoofs are cupped hands on thighs, the whip is a snapped belt, the thunder is a fist smack on a Fender spring reverb. My horn synth is in there: dee-dee-DAHH-AH.”

Anyway, I hope it would give Ms. Kelley a charge to know her music was so well received at this little college station in Seattle, way back in the late 20th century.

“Wow! The only song I wasn’t WILD about was 2-2. This is REALLY INTERESTING. Multi-dimensional & kinda tricky (hard to describe). At times like Jane Siberry or a real slow Fibonaccis. Mellow, but very dense.”

“this label has also released a Legendary Pink Dots mini LP called Greetings Nine. There is a superficial resemblance to them + this. I agree with Hyla on the similarity w/Jane Siberry, however. I think this lacks her underlying sense of humor thus giving this a bit of a stiff feeling. Punk rockers aren’t the only ones who can wallow in misery. 2-2 is turgid.”

“NNTNBT 2/25/89″

“Mary Kelley was the last woman Jack the Ripper killed.”

“And this Mary Kelley was in the Contractions.”

“Gutsy, angst-filled muse-ic without needing to be fast to make a point. CRUNCHY.”

“This could go into H if you ask me! I think it’s definitely worth it!”

Very good!! ‘Dream’ is GREAT!!!”

“Thanks for H. I get calls on this one!”

This entry was posted in KEXP, Review Revue and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Donate Now!
where the music matters

The KEXP Blog

  • Listen Live:

    High Quality AAC+
    Excellent for PC, Mac, iPhones/iPads, Android Devices, tables, iTunes, Winamp, and VLC. High quality audio, low bandwidth

    MP3 Stream
    Best for computers running OSX or Windows with iTunes or the open source VideoLAN Player installed

  • Breaking New Ground Together!

    Help Build Our New Home!
  • KEXP AND THE UW

    The University of Washington Logo KEXP is a service of the
    University of Washington
  • iTunes and KEXP

    iTunes Logo
    You can now find KEXP under "Eclectic" in iTunes after the demise of the "Public" category, to better represent the diversity of our daytime variety shows and numerous specialty programs.
Sponsored By
Become a KEXP Sponsor!
  • KEXP Post Categories