ALBUM REVIEW: Got A Girl Featuring Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Ever since the film “Sky High” I’ve been a fan of Mary Elizabeth Winstead. She kept popping up in movies that I ended up loving, like “Death Proof” and “Scott Pilgrim vs The World.” When I noticed that she was part of a musical duo called Got a Girl I was intrigued. I had never heard of Daniel Nakamura (Dan the Automator) but I was willing to at least give this album a listen. What I love the most about this album is that it’s not the style of music that I’m into. In fact I’ve never heard anything like this before. I guess the genre of music is French Pop, but I’m a close minded American that has no idea what French Pop is. I appreciate whenever I get turned onto another style of music. I’m very much grateful that Winstead used her celebrity to turn a few of her fans on to this music as well as the artist Dan the Automator. She could have easily just done a pop album that we’ve all heard before but she didn’t.

The album is titled “I Love You but I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now.” The title really describes the album well. Much like the films Winstead has chosen the theme is anything but straight forward. It’s a little quirky, very indie and wholly original. The album is very cinematic. I’m very impressed with the sound Dan the Automator created. There is so much going on it almost feels like you’re listening in 3D. There are so many layers and each layer has it’s own pace. There are these hip hop beats with mellow strings and bass lines that seem to both keep time and have a life of its own. I would not be surprised to find these tunes in a handful of movies.

I claimed to be a fan of Mary Elizabeth Winstead but I didn’t know she could sing or even write lyrics. Her voice and lyrics are just another layer to what Dan the Automator has already created. The melody is not front and center like most pop music, it blends in beautifully. As a metal head I’m going to compare her vocals to Maynard James Keenan of Tool. It’s as much about the beat as it is the bass line, as it is the vocal melody etc etc. If I close my eyes and listen to “I Love You but I Must Drive Off This Cliff” I can feel the music surround me and it is a very pleasant yet over whelming feeling that I love. I think music is magical. There is nothing like discovering something you’ve never heard that you can’t wrap your head around but you know it’s good. I can’t pick a favorite track off the album. It flows together perfect. I’d recommend listening to it as an album as opposed to individual songs, that’s where the magic is. All in all I’m pleasantly surprised and very happy with “I Love You but I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now.”
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