NPR's music critic Ann Powers joins the show to review new albums from two women outside of the U.S., Cold Specks and Kimbra.
"I Predict a Graceful Expulsion" is Cold Specks first album. Cold Specks, born Al Spx, is a 24-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter. Spx chose the name "Cold Specks" as her stage name, since her parents don't approve of her profession. The name Cold Specks comes from a line in James Joyce's Ulysses: "born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness." Ann Powers describes her sound as bluesy doom soul.
The 22-year-old New Zealander Kimbra first made waves on the music scene after being featured in Gotye's song "Somebody That I Used To Know." "Vows" is her first full length album release.
Ann Powers, NPR music critic who joins Madeleine every other Tuesday to discuss new music.