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Savvy and danceable alt-pop from Esthero

After doing a little research on Canadian artist Esthero (pronounced es STAIR oh), I’m not sure how I missed her for so long. She has been on several movie and video game soundtracks. She has appeared on The Chris Rock Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Nevertheless, I had never heard her name when I picked up her 2005 release Wikked Lil’ Grrrls. I was pleasantly surprised and even impressed.

Whatever you're doing, don't stop

Whatever you're doing, don't stop

She has remarkable range. iTunes categorizes her as Alternative. Wikipedia says she is often compared to Bjork and Portishead. The single off this album sounds like a blend of Pink and Amy Winehouse. One track sounds like Sade, another like jazz diva Diana Krall. In spite of this seemingly schizoid mix of styles, the disc is unified in sound and production. I enjoyed this disc throughout, largely because her smooth but powerful voice and great pop sensibilities are anchored by definite jazz influences and substantive lyrics.



Five tracks made my iPod. Check them out.

  • We R in Need of a Musical Revolution – Esthero hates on popular radio with this musically uplifting song that might get more radio play itself if she weren’t “so sick and tired of all the shit on the radio.“
  • Everyday Is a Holiday (with You) – I will be the first to admit this song, which features Sean Lennon, is a little cheesy. What can I say? Sometimes I’m a little cheesy.
  • Beautiful Lie – It sounds like a straight pop song until the muted trumpets and tabla kick in. Emotional lyrics are delivered with sincerity.
  • Wikked Lil’ Grrrls – Clever, quick vocals, danceable percussion, and jazzy clarinet loops make this the strongest track on the disc, for me.
  • Melancholy Melody – This is absolutely a lounge jazz song and she pulls it off beautifully.

You may enjoy her website, http://www.nearlycivilized.com/.

Bonus video. This came across my email this morning. I kind of like the song, actually, but the video is even better. I laughed out loud several times. Enjoy.


February 24, 2009 - Posted by | Alternative, Popular


  1. You should really hear her ’98 album “Breath from Another”. It’s fabulous!

    Comment by Rob Fields | March 3, 2009 | Reply

  2. It’s been added to the list. Thanks!

    Comment by missedmusic | March 3, 2009 | Reply

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