Chris Willman
July 06, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Translated From Love

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Kelly Willis
Producers
Ryko
genre
Rock, Country

We gave it a B+

Kelly Willis, Austin’s alt-country heroine, produces kids more often than records now, so Translated From Love, her first in five years, is a treat in any emotional language. It’s disarming to hear such a winsome voice take on tough-minded material — like ”Nobody Wants to Go to the Moon Anymore” (a rocking farewell to abandoned baby-boom hope) or ”Teddy Boys” (a synth-pop ode to drunken male loutishness). But if you want your heart melted, head to the Jules Shear-cowritten love song that goes, ”I don’t know why I gotta have you but I do.” Our sentiments almost exactly.
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