But we're all smiling inside, because "The Laziest Girl in Town" is getting really great response! And so, on this, the last day of tour, I thought that rather than regale you with tales of how tired we are that I would share some of the kind words that people have said about the record!
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On her rock albums, McQueen was a solid if not particularly expressive singer; here, she’s lying back, bending pitches, and gliding through challenging material with impressive ease, inhabiting tunes by Cole Porter, Dan Hicks, and Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, as well as effervescent originals like “Mind of Men” and “You’re to Blame.”… . And on beautifully arranged ballads like “Anyone But You,” her singing graduates to the sublime.
“The Laziest Girl In Town” is the best vocal jazz record to come out of Austin since (Kat Edmonson’s) “Take to the Sky.”
Laziest Girl finds McQueen evoking the memories of a couple of her influences, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Backed by a first-class band including some Wheel bandmates, McQueen puts her vocal and writing talents, and considerable imagination, to work to produce a hip and cool collection.
More singers should be lazy like Elizabeth McQueen.
With McQueen in marvelous voice, she [and her sidemen] imbue the album with a blue haze of cigarette smoke and the tang of cheap bourbon, which I hope was the effect she was trying to evoke. The only way this could sound even more authentic would be if McQueen nodded out during live shows.
--John Conquest, Third Coast Music October 2010
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