Note: Spinnerette is led by Brody Dalle – former frontwoman of The Distillers and current wife of Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme – and includes Alain Johannes (Eleven, Queens of the Stone Age), Tony Bevilacqua (The Distillers) and Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Eleven).
Sound: Surprisingly refined for a Brody Dalle project. Her vocals still have a raspy bite, but they’re more melodic and restrained than ever before. Plus, the music isn’t nearly as rugged or aggressive as The Distillers. In fact, the snappy, handclappy, arena-ready tunes are often quite mainstream-rock-radio-friendly. Occasionally, they lean more towards the harrowing fury of the past. But far more often, the music on Spinnerette sounds like a marriage of Joan Jett and Garbage – who certainly bring an element of danger but a more controlled danger – with a little bit of The Donnas’ sweet sass sprinkled in.
Heavy Rotation tracks: none
Medium Rotation tracks: “Ghetto Love”; “Cupid”; “Geeking”; “All Babes Are Wolves”; “Baptized By Fire”; “Impaler”
Recommended: Once you get over the initial shock of Brody’s new sound, you’ll discover that it works pretty well for her. She and the band definitely pull it off. But then as you get sucked in, you’ll realize that this isn’t her best collection of tunes. The first six tracks are all pretty good—and there are a couple of other decent ones scattered throughout the rest of the album—but there aren’t any standouts on here. Spinnerette is a fun new direction for Brody. If she continues this way in the future, hopefully she comes up with a few stellar songs.