After my need for the earthly elements air-earth-fire-water, comes my need to listen to
Randi Russo’s debut release, Solar Bipolar. As the quintessence of beauty,
angst, poetry, pop and person, these 12 songs scream, screech and squeal for veneration.
By imagining ‘You’re Living all Over Me’ era Dinosaur Jr. backing up a lou reed/patty
smith duet, you have obtained a basic understanding of the album as a whole. However,
as the compact disc player’s laser drills deeper towards the center of the disc, Russo
reveals more about her person. Warranting a much closer investigation...
Jumbling sonic punk, soothing transience and gritty folk, Russo creates ‘alternating
periods of extreme moods’ during the 52 min. introspection. Each song flutters between
the sweet sounds of two doves in the throws of passion and the harsh eventuality of
vultures picking at their remains simply to survive.
The straight big rock feel of ‘Adored’ and ‘Lucy’s Plan’, the open faced kick drum drone
of ‘Wonderland’ , the uncomfortable head bobbing of ‘Possession’, and the acoustic
singularity of ‘Sacred Silence’ and ‘We Forget’ highlight the contained diversity which
makes Solar Bipolar so addictive.
This album is so well written, so well performed and so well produced that I am not sure
who I would be if this album weren’t in my collection.
You can visit Randi Russo at www.randirusso.com
Written By: Geoff T.