Friday, June 13, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD - MAKE MY HEAD SING
On her last one, Tell Me, it seemed Mayfield's role model was Tammy Wynette. Now, it's Nirvana. Even the love songs are filled with despair. Closer Seein' Starz, the lone gentle number, has her describing her relationship as a consuming passion that can't be escaped, for the worse: "You've got a stranglehold on my heart." Death images are all through the album; it opens, on Oblivious, with "I could kill with the power in my mind/but I'm a good humanitarian." Meanwhile, the guitars sound like they're being choked too. She's the toughest thing out of Ohio since Chrissie Hynde.