It took only took a minute of listening to Lake Street Dive‘s third album, Bad Self Portraits, to know this quartet was a special band. The Brooklyn by way of Boston band’s sound has near universal appeal with blues, Motown, rock and jazz fused tighter than expected. Sure-fire hit “Bobby Tanqueray” exudes confident swagger with doo wop backing and driving guitar rhythms. The title track instantly grabs the listener with paced keys, Americana styling and a sing-along ready hook.
Each catchy song is anchored by vocalist Rachael Price who powerfully leads the charge with a cascading alto that diversifies her jazzy roots. “Just Ask” fully puts Price’s pipes to work with call and response background vocals, crashing percussion and bluesy riffs for most of the song. In an interesting turn, a vulnerable breakdown at the 3:40 mark puts the spotlight on the budding songstress where she flourishes. Similar to Alabama Shakes and St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Lake Street Dive seems poised to break out as an ensemble that respects genres of the past with inspiring pop potential.
Lake Street Dive takes the stage at The Magic Bag in Ferndale on July 2nd. Get your tickets to the show at The Magic Bag’s site now. The next time Lake Street Dive comes to Metro Detroit, it won’t be in a room this cozy.
Bad Self Portraits
Don’t Make Me Hold Your Hand (live)
Stream and purchase Bad Self Portraits on bandcamp (also on iTunes)