Having seen Washington live four times in the twelve months leading up to the album release I was already familiar with most of the songs. There was, in fact, only three songs out of 21(including the bonus disc) that I hadn’t already heard. Because of this, I knew exactly what I was getting and I was content with that. All of the songs from her previous two EPs Clementine and How To Tame Lions got a run on the album, though six of the nine songs were on the bonus disc.
A lot has been written regarding Washington (not all positive), her “quirkiness” and her prominence in mainstream media. For me though, it her live show that got me on board. From first seeing her in front of 100 people at Yah Yahs in Fitzroy, I was hooked, so it’s near impossible for me to separate the album from her live shows. As much as some people try to put her success down to a great publicity team and the generosity of the music press, the truth is that her songs stand up by themselves and Megan has such a great stage presence that it adds to the experience that is her music. If you haven’t already, go out and buy this album.
One Man Band
Don’t pretend you don’t already know…