Lindi Ortega – Little Red Boots
Review by Jack Foley
LINDI Ortega is a captivating alt-country singer from Canada who looks set to hit the big time with new album, Little Red Boots.
A no-nonsense blend of classic American values, this cleverly tips its country hat to the likes of Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash while remaining fiercely the work of Ortega. What’s more, it’s immense fun and sexy to boot.
Take the title track, for instance… when Ortega purrs “you’re going to know me by my ruby red lips” you can’t help but feel excited by the anticipation of finding out more. What’s more, with her sexy country purr, lazy guitar riffs and twangs and playful back-beat, this is a work of immense confidence and fun. It’s one of many album highlights.
On the opposite side of things, Ortega adopts a heartbroken disposition for the stripped back, yet still lively Dying of Another Broken Heart, which broodily laments “ever since you left I feel like love is a disease” and “there’s no amount of morphine that will ever ease my pain” over a bluesy acoustic backdrop.
It’s simple but disarmingly effective.
That isn’t to say that Ortega’s sound is strictly for the country purists only. Rather, the ‘alt’ in alt-country enables her to adopt a mainstream appeal that should widen her fan-base beyond the one genre.
All My Friends, for instance, nods to classic Nancy Sinatra, while former single and album opener Little Lie is a catchy-as-hell slice of rock-abillly that includes some Duane Eddy guitar and a Footloose sense of fun.
On I’m No Elvis Presley, meanwhile, there’s more rock-country dance-floor filling as a lively blend of guitars and drums pave the way for a song that cleverly taps into a more meek and sensitive side to Ortega’s make-up (“I know I’m not legendary, I’m nothing extraordinary, maybe you’re just ordinary too…”). But while she may lament that she’s no Presley, don’t bet against her star rising high enough to leave her own legacy.
Elsewhere, there’s country romanticism on the slow-burning Fall Down or Fly, a cinematic slice of rebel-rousing in the celebrity-focused Jimmy Dean (which pays clever homage to that actor’s legend) and a blues-rock gem in Black Fly, which one more finds Ortega at her most vampish vocally.
So Sad, meanwhile, brings the album to a dusky close that once more strips things back to a melancholy acoustic country guitar and an extraordinarily tender vocal that ensures Ortega remains close to your heart until the very end.
Yet these are just some of the highlights worth picking out from an album that consistently delights whether bona fide country fan or not. Trust us when we say that Lindi Ortega is something special and a real musical discovery in waiting.
Download picks: Little Lie, I’m No Elvis Presley, Little Red Boots, Dying of Another Broken Heart, Jimmy Dean, Black Fly