Du Blonde is the reinvented version of musician Beth Jeans Houghton. This sophomore album sees the singer shaking off any suggestion of chamber pop and folk music in favour of distortion and driving drums.
Vocally, Du Blonde is a contradictory mix of tough mellow, smooth yet solid. The singer’s recent trips to the US add a distinctly American flavor some songs. If You’re Legal is part beach-psych and part punk, and After The Show has some 1950s rock n’ roll throwback.
This album offers diverse vibes, showing influences from The Rocky Horror Picture Show through to 90s pop punk.
The album was released May 18.
Star rating: ***1/2