BETH BOUCHER Mess You Up (Virt) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Boston singer/songwriter Beth Boucher boasts some great guests on her debut LP, but you wouldn't know it. Although local notables Luke Doucet and Kurt Swinghammer chip in backing guitar riffs, it's all swallowed up into Boucher's sweet but generic sea of alt-pop trifles. Her entire album covers the typical girl territory of quirky tunes about unrequited love and the intricacies of romance, and her lyrics are nothing to write home about. Boucher's got quite a nice voice, unaffected and slightly chirpy, but it's thin and, like her music, nothing you haven't heard before. That's not to say Mess You Up sucks; the Beantown babe's self-deprecating wit and sing-along hooks make this better than most stuff you'll hear on mainstream radio.