5 years have passed since Brody Dalle’s last album, which was released under the name, Spinnerette. It has even been longer to harken back to the days of Dalle fronting the “Distillers” and virtually everybody hailing her as the next great Female punk singer. So, it was a nice surprise to see Dalle release her solo album, “Diploid Love” earlier this Spring.
For a solo debut, there is a lot to like. In particular, Dalle’s smoky, raspy vocals are just as good as ever. The lyrics are more intimate and evolved and there are some good, punky, riffs to go with a driving rhythm section. Different musical elements are present, ranging from punk, Alternative,West Coast hardcore and new wave without sounding like new wave. There is even a ballad that has a piano! not the norm for a punk/alternative album.
In short, “Diploid Love” has an edge to it, but with a more grown-up and sophisticated sound to it. There could be a little more edge to it and some of the songs drone on a bit. But there is a refreshing sound and a solid effort from Dalle, it is nice to see her back on the scene.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Standout tracks: “Blood In Gutters” “Rat Race” “Carry On”