Brittingham - Vocals
NAKED BEGGARS: "Naked
Recorded at SMA Studios, Nashville, TN
True good Rock'n'Roll in the 21st century
First album for this US band from Nashville (Tennessee) and no, it's
not country music! Simply put this is great rock music. Solid
songwriting and performing, Naked Beggars offer us high energy,
punchy and inspired songs. Their music definitely makes you wanna play
it loud. Playing a very american music that conjures up images of wide
landscapes, small towns, dusty roads under the sun, southern atmosphere this
album smells of oil and alcohol. So let's embark on a road trip aboard
the all rockin' n' rollin' Naked Beggars pickup truck! With a
disconcerting easiness, the band reveal different facettes of their
talent throughout the album with strength and humor. They don't
need to prove anything and when you listen to this album you understand
it. These guys are simply together with an obvious aim to plug the
Marshalls and rock for us with no other intention than to have a good
time. Talking about Naked Beggars one can not miss their singer. Not
only because of her fascinating beauty but because she's a voice. And
what voice! To be more precise Inga Brittingham has several voices that
she uses at will according to the vibe of the song and how she feels.
Her voice has so many nuances, she can cover a wide spectrum. Actually
you sometimes wonder if she's the only one lead singing on the record.
However don't be fooled by her delicate features, Inga is a true female
rock singer of the caliber of a Janis Joplin (and coming from me it's
not a small compliment!). So don't expect crystal clear little doll-like
vocals from Inga though she's able to sing this way. Strong, throaty,
nasal, delicate, caressing, deep, 'dirty', clean and fanciful are some
of the few adjectives that can describe her very personal singing style.
Which is in total harmony with the music and the lyrics. Songs like 'No
'Kind Of Girl', 'Crazy'
are a concentrate of pure rock (with a touch of punk on 'Kind
Of Girl'), with groovy bass lines, solid drums and great guitar
work. All these ingredients are present throughout the album. Guitars
have definitely a blues flavor reminiscent of the classic hard-rock
blues influenced bands of the 70s. Led Zep, Lynyrd Skynyrd are not very
far and it's really good to hear how Kris Casamento makes it all
sound fresh and dynamic. The songs mentioned above are surely killers in
a live situation and you can't help move your ass, singing along to
these great tunes. Choruses get stuck in your brain, especially 'Bitch'
chorus. Lyricwise the themes are those you find in rock songs, dealing
with everyday life's events, good, bad, funny, all the things one can
easily relate to but also feminism and female sexuality are
presented in a raw manner but cleverly avoiding vulgarity. There is
another dimension to the music of Naked Beggars, a more delicate,
melancholy one that can be heard on 'Open
Eyes' which is graced with a beautiful bluesy guitar solo
supported by a solid rhythm section while Inga's voice floats till
reaching the climax which gives you goose bumps, 'Wastin'
Time' and the superb 'Discombobulated'. Haunting
rhythm and lead guitars, this is a moving song about desperate people,
destitution, feeling lost, incomprehension. One of the few slow tracks
of this album, 'Discombobulated'
is nonetheless strong in its emotional intensity, going crescendo. The
band's interpretation is simply accurate and this is what make this song
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