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Brief Strop.

Brief Strop * Sheila Nicholls * EssexGirl Records

You gotta love Sheila Nicholls simply for the opening couplet on her album: "Friends for a long time / But I think that we shouldn't fuck / Friends for a long time / Baby, you don't want to see the rest of me." You certainly want to hear the rest of this very satisfying solo debut, Brief Strop (don't ask me what that means), from the England-born, Los Angeles-based, out lesbian singer-songwriter-piano pounder. She's a little bit Ani, a little bit Fiona, a bit Tori, but mostly a whole lotta Sheila--making music that's impassioned and political, with wide-ranging melodies to match her girlish but soaring voice. It's refreshing to find a Gen X'er rediscovering feminism, yet having the sophistication to entertain rather than preach. (I hereby deem Nicholls a spiritual granddaughter of Laura Nyro.) While she's distributed by a mainstream label (Hollywood Records) and has a cut ("Fallen For You") on a hot movie sound track (High Fidelity), Nicholls earns her indie stripes by recording for her own Essex-Girl label.

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Title Annotation:Review
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jun 20, 2000
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