Betty Moon Doll Machine (EMI/Sextant) Rating: NNN
Betty Moon achieved some local success in the late 80s with her band Bambi. Later she embarked on a solo career, and in 1998, started her own label and released Stir, which garnered comparisons to Tool, Marilyn Manson and Danzig. Don't hear much of that here. Moon writes introspective lyrics and has a voice that can run from a pretty lilt to a full-on belt. Doll Machine runs through the turf of alt-rock, grrl drone and aggressive indie with the brooding angst- ridden sexuality of PJ Harvey. Nice guitar crunch, experimental keyboards and finely stark production values. Not much to grab onto here melodically, though, so the tunes tend to be a tad forgettable. Moon obviously loves what she does, so maybe she's decent live. And judging from the record cover, there might be ample opportunity to look up her skirt. Betty Moon plays Rockit Wednesday (March 24).