Cherry Marmalade

Cherry Marmalade

by Kay Hanley

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Overview

Kay Hanley is chick rock's John Hughes. Though well beyond her teens, Hanley has the voice of adolescence: breathy and bratty, yearning and tough. That quality made her the perfect choice to sing for Rachael Leigh Cook's Josie in the 2001 film Josie and the Pussycats -- and helped place two songs by Hanley's former band, Letters to Cleo, in the teen flick 10 Things I Hate About You. All grown up now, Hanley still sounds youthful on her melodic and muscular solo debut, Cherry Marmalade -- an album that rivals the criminally underappreciated Tonight and the Rest of My Life from former Veruca Salt member Nina Gordon. Ignited by power-pop's lyrical fuels -- romance, reality, and rage -- her songs reveal a narrator who's smart enough to be cynical and romantic enough to wish she wasn't. Fleshing out the songs with big drums and extreme power chords, Hanley soars on the cunningly arranged "Fall" and the ripping "Satellite." She also makes room for a gripping ballad ("Chady Saves the Day") and a country tune ("Happy to Be Here"), but don't be fooled: This 30-something performer and mother of one can hold her own with budding teen stars such as Avril Lavigne and Michelle Branch. Heck, she could even tutor them.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/13/2002
Label: Zoe Records
UPC: 0601143102820
catalogNumber: 431028

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