Louise Aubrie’s ‘Late 44’ is a carefree yet intelligent take on pop punk music
On the surface, the songs on Louise Aubrie’s new album “Late 44” seem nothing but bubblegum pop punk, and nothing more. Dig a little deeper, though, and you start to understand how it’s a much richer, much more intelligent album than it seems at first blush.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. Louise Aubrie sounds a lot like the Go-Gos, or the B-52s. Others have compared her to Kim Wilde, or the Canadian band Cub.
Aubrie is a New York/London based indie-pop singer. She recorded this album at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London.
First, the good news. Nearly every track on “Late 44” is catchy and fun-sounding. It’s got that “it” quality that isn’t always easy to define, but you know it when you hear it.
Many of the lyrics have to do with the complexities of love, lust and relationships, with lines such as “And now I’m drowning in your midnight eyes.” or “He watched her creeping in the shadows…He tried to win her over with a perfect battle cry. She knew he took her over, with a perfect battle cry.”
That charm, or personality, whatever you want to call it, makes this album one that’s easy to listen to on repeat. If you’re like me you’ll be surprised at how quickly you realize you’ve listened to all of the songs two, three or four times. If I had to pick a favorite track it’d have to be “One False Move,” which has the most catchy chorus of all of them, hands down.
Summing up the album, “Late 44” is a guilty pleasure that you don’t need to feel guilty about enjoying. It’s pure pop bliss, and it doesn’t hold anything back in that regard.