Buddy Magazine/Tom Geddie/November 2010
Surely one of the best listens of the year, Elizabeth McQueen's The Laziest Girl in Town is a fun, thoroughly enjoyable collection of retro-sounding jazz blues, alternately upbeat and pensive, wrapped around cleverly written songs.
Influences for the project include Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, although McQueen doesn't really sound like either icon. The title song, a Cole Porter classic, sizzles with a smile. There's also one "Lonely Madman" by Dan Hicks of Hot Licks fame, one "Skeletons in My Closet," by David Sanger and one, "You're My Only Home," by Magnetic Fields. McQueen wrote the rest of the songs, sharing credits on one with Sanger; the two co-produced the CD.
On ten songs, McQueen wanders through seduction, true love, heartbreak, growing up, and memories. On the opening "You're to Blame," she waits for heartbreak that never comes. "Mind of Men" is a humorous condemnation of some men's attitudes: they don't care if you like it as long as you fake it. In the Hicks song, the lesson she learned from her daddy kicking her off the farm was that she never wanted to go home again. McQueen, who tours with Asleep at the Wheel, has the perfect voice and delivery for these songs. She's backed by guitar, piano, saxaphone, coronet, piano, bass, drums and other percussion, harmony vocals, and just a bit of steel guitar. The Laziest Girl in Town is both serious and playful. McQueen calls it an exploration of the beauty of imperfection and the immediacy of emotion. How could it be anything else with songs inspired by a quote from Disney's A Jungle Book, one by the freedom in the decision to abandon a relationship, and one that claims there is something a little creepy about true love.

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