Essential Listening: KRISTEENYOUNG (with audio)

Born in a boxing ring is a great way to put it. Kristeen doesn't so much "play" the piano as she does "beat it into submission." The resulting sound is like heavy-metal with a piano. Vocally, Kristeen has a multi-octave range that she's not afraid to use. Ordinarily, I'm not too keen on the vocal stylings she uses but together with the music they make it work perfectly.


Maybe I'm just getting old, but KRISTEENYOUNG are edgy, brash and dramatic ... and Essential Listening.


KRISTEENYOUNG - If You Marry Him


KRISTEENYOUNG - Comfort Is Never A Goal


KRISTEENYOUNG - He's Sickened By My Crude Emotion


KRISTEENYOUNG's Official Site, KRISTEENYOUNG on myspace, Buy Music for Strippers, Hookers, and the Odd On-Looker

Perhaps I was just young, but there seemingly was a time when Tori Amos felt edgy and just a little brash. Over the years, though, she has mellowed considerably and I've filed her in the "artists I used to like whose new albums I check out out of politeness only but I doubt I'll ever actually like anything they ever do again" folder.

Enter KRISTEENYOUNG.

I think the opening paragraph of their bio tells you everything you need to know about this band:

"What’s black and white and can crush you like a bug? A piano. These monsters weigh anywhere from 300 lbs for a small upright, to four or even five times that for a concert grand. So why do artists let them sound so wimpy? KRISTEENYOUNG wants the piano to kick your ass. Their new album, Music for Strippers, Hookers, and the Odd On-Looker, feels like it was born in the boxing ring, not some sun-dappled Laurel Canyon living room."

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