We review Jodie Brown’s debut album – Red Little Hipster
Releasing a debut album presents itself with the difficult challenge of making an impactful musical mark whilst also being fresh, interesting, and exciting. Not everyone manages to pull it off, which only makes it more special when you find an album that does. Jodie Brown’s brand new debut album ‘Red Little Hipster’ gives it more than a good go.
After opening with a dreamy 50-second intro, the mood immediately changes as the album shifts into the stabbing riffs of ‘Skeleton’. This effortlessly cool track hums with fuzz as it moves along, erupting into choruses out of almost nowhere every single time. It leads right into the steady rhythms of ‘Teach Me The Blues’, which provide mountains of freedom for the guitar and vocals.
This steadiness is not consistent though. The heavy rock riffs of ‘Survival’ are supported by a rhythm that feels a lot messier, and almost overly chaotic. However, it adds an element of realness that allows the song to get away with it.
By the time you reach ‘Horizon’, it’s easy to feel that there’s a similar formula that keeps cropping up of cycling through ethereal verses to then explode into choruses. It’s a crucial moment where the album teeters on the edge. It can either carry on with this formula and become a bit of a one-trick pony or switch things up and keep things engaging.
Fortunately, Jodie then gives us the song ‘Slutz’.
This fast-paced powerhouse is a needed injection of freshness that is unforgiving and infectious. It’s here that Jodie shows off her songwriting range, a range that serves the album really well. She doesn’t stop there either. ‘D.a.T.E’ has a psychedelic twist that just adds another layer to the record. A layer that isn’t necessarily needed, but it doesn’t go unappreciated.
The penultimate song is ‘Eze’. A song that we’ve reviewed before, we said the single promised positive things to come for Jodie’s debut album. Now it’s here and she’s delivered. To round off the album we are given ‘L.a. Baby’. This droning and hypnotic closer allows the record to end on a bang, and leaves you intrigued for what Jodie Brown might do next.
‘Red Little Hipster’ draws influence from plenty of beloved rock artists, but still sounds new, and it still sounds like Jodie Brown. That’s easily the most impressive thing about the album.
If you want to listen for yourself then check it out down below, and let us know what you think!