8 Songs About A Girl is a therapeutic type of album with
lyrics that make the listener conscientious about the victim's pain
amidst the wrenching withdrawal of ending a relationship. Recorded
by the pairing of lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Linda Perry
and multi-instrumentalist Tony Tornay, who form the raw rock
unit Deep Dark Robot, the album resonates with one theme
in mind which is to vent out emotionally.
Perry and Tornay's instrumentation is geared towards a gritty rock
rawness that moans and grumbles the way someone in pain would. The
rock ballad "No One Wakes Me Up Like You" has two parts
distinguished by a sharp break. The first part has woozy-shaped
chord movements as Perry's aching words pour out, "Look me
in the eye / Tell me you're alright / I'm not doing, I'm not doing,
I'm just doing fine
no one wakes me up like you do".
The second part of the track has a rockabilly rhythm like The
Raveonettes. The Country Western twang in the guitar licks along
"Can't Getcha Out Of My Mind" are hewn to complement the
gruffy vocals purporting, "I feel like a junkie jonesing for
everywhere I turn I can see her in the back of
I'm feeling reckless inside". The words are confrontational
and the music is designed to mirror the emotions.
Perry sings wonderfully on "You Mean Nothing To Me",
a song that is blanketed in bluesy rock riffs and shingled in soft
sauntering tambourine shimmies and flouncing keys. The echoey vocals
along "It FJking Hurts" are graveled in slow grumbling
guitar chords as Perry howls, "You pull me in, then you mess
with my mind". The cranking guitar gusts of "Won't You
Be My Girl?" are sleeved in chunky drumbeats, and the smooth
piano ballad driving "Speck" creates a netting of gentle
The songs seem very personal, and yet, entirely relatable to people
outside of the duo's sphere. Perry and Tornay put the listener in
the front row, [experiencing] a movie with a storyline that bares
the human soul; and baring vulnerabilities is their strength. The
music has a garage band/boisterous rock pumping that bodes well
with the emotional release in the lyrics.
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