Goodbye nasty

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 1, 2009

That said, don't let the album's name fool you into thinking that the record is an ode to all things lovey-dovey. "It isn't a love album. Well, it is, but not really, because it isn't, like, 12 songs of 'I love you.' A lot of the songs are actually kind of angry." The change in tone isn't just lyrical, either; in place of the typical electro-crunked Amanda Blank booty-jam dynamics, expect to hear a good helping of pop. "Not corny or bubblegummy, I just really like a catchy pop tune with lyrics that people can relate to, and this album reflects that."

Sounds promising enough, but the risk remains that fans might not accept this more grown-up Get Um Girl (to quote another of her old tunes). "I'm actually really nervous. I don't think, in making this album, that I did what people expected and/or wanted me to do, for sure. But you know what? I've only ever made music with other people, as a collaborator. With this album I was like, 'What do I want to say?' It's my record and not anyone else's, so I can really switch it up. So, you know, either people will be disappointed or they'll love me. Either they want the Amanda Blank character or they don't. But people will be into it." She says this with some familiar certainty. "Because it's good, you know?"

AMANDA BLANK + SANTIGOLD + TROUBLE ANDREW | House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston | June 1 at 8 pm | $25-$35 | 888.693.2583 orwww.houseofblues.com/boston

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