Kelly’s back

Kelly Willis @ Ego’s

Kelly’s back

“Translated From Love,” which comes out today on Rykodisc, finds Willis revisiting her rockabilly filly roots on “Teddy Boys,” sashaying in the bouncy pop of “Sweet Sundown,” ladling Tex-Mex sauce all over Iggy Pop’s “Success” and mashing up “Kid” by the Pretenders on “Don’t Know Why.” A couple of songs are almost New Wave.The new record, whose cover was shot at a booth in Ego’s, is more a showcase for the versatility of Willis’ voice than the depth of her songwriting, though she does have co-writing credits on the six songs that sound most like they could fit on “Easy” or “What I Deserve.”

The album came out last week, but I haven’t got a chance to listen to it yet.


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