|Sinead Lohan - No Mermaid|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by Jason Karsh|
|Tuesday, 11 August 1998|
| Performance 6.5 | Sound 7.5 |
Someone told us about this album because they've heard through reliable sources that we support that underground sub-genre of music some call 'whiney chick rock.' In a way, although we might disagree with the generalization, we do like the Sarah McLachlans and the Natalie Merchants of the world (case in point, Ani DiFranco). Nevertheless, just because we might enjoy the genre, it doesn't mean we love every woman with a broken heart and a record deal. Case in point, this album.
This is a very straight forward, non-threatening record. It's not
too sad, not too happy, not to mad, and not to sappy. Mostly, it's just
there. It starts at one level and basically holds it for almost fifty
minutes. In this regard it is reminiscent of Paula Cole's first album,
'Harbinger'--you know, the album that no one bought or heard of until
after her second album? 'No Mermaid' has it's moments, but mostly it
has a potential. A potential that isn't fulfilled just yet. Perhaps
this is due to its debut status, at least that's what we'll say because
the record's not that bad. Give it a listen, all the way through, then
make your call.