Linda Perry


In Flight

Linda Perry - In Flight ©1996 Interscope
1. In My Dreams
2. Freeway
3. Uninvited
4. Success
5. Life In A Bottle
6. Fill Me Up
7. Knock Me Out
8. Too Deep
9. Taken
10. Fruitloop Daydream
11. Machine Man
12. In Flight

Linda Perry is best known as the singer for 4 Non Blondes, who enjoyed their fifteen minutes under the sun with the 1993 hit "What's Up" before apparently vanishing into obscurity. That band was actually better than the term "one hit wonder" might imply. Perry's powerful and emotional vocals were the highlight of their album and it is refreshing to hear them once again here. In Flight is remarkably different than her previous gig and covers much more musical territory. Generally soulful, often introspective and more pensive than aggressive, In Flight still showcases her admirable singing ability. Though on occasion she sounds a bit burlier than necessary, many of notes seem to be coming from her toes and pushed clear through her entire body before erupting. Needless to say, her voice is quite impressive. (Have I already mentioned that?) Many of the songs are based around acoustic guitar, but don't lead that to believe this is folk. Rather, some of the topics are more along the lines of the blues. "Fill Me Up" is a tale of alcoholic excess and wondering about the night before. Other songs seem to firmly have the microscope pointed at the lyricist. Though often the music is quiet and open, Perry's voice is the main focus and leads to many climactic moments where her wide range and approach add much color. Needless to say, anyone thrilled with her singing in her previous band should look for this quite solid album.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 05/1999


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After Hours

Linda Perry - After Hours ©1999 Rock Star Records
1. The Garden
2. Jackie
3. Sunny April Afternoon
4. Lost Command
5. Get It While You Can
6. Bang The Drum
7. Some Days Never End
8. New Dawn
9. Fly Away
10. Let Me Ride
11. The Cows Come Home
12. Carry On

Linda Perry's second foray into solo territory shows some changes from her previous solo album, In Flight. Having released After Hours on her own record label, Perry shown a lot more overall focus on the record in sound and mood. Suffice it to say that if she's been shooting for the blues and a warm emotional edge, she's found it. Updated for the nineties but still retaining the vibe of a cozy record from a time long past, After Hours has the feel of a friendly bar band that should very well serve as the backing band to your night out with the closest friends you have. The unified vibe works well in drawing the whole album together. The backing music incorporates a very 70s organ, acoustic and electric guitars, and a songwriting style that is outside alternative but draws on classic rock and just a touch of a more modern feel. As always, Perry's voice is excellent throughout. On some of the tracks, she is approaching a Janis Joplin sound, but very heartfelt. Her voice and songs have been great from her stint in 4 Non Blondes and she proves with After Hours that her songwriting and singing are still very much on top of the game.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/1999

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