Amanda Blank
I Love You


2.0
poor

Review

by Alex Silveri EMERITUS
August 5th, 2009 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blank by the numbers.

Amanda Blank is about as cool as it gets - and boy does she know it. As she spits out into the chorus of the utterly brilliant “Gimmie What You Got”, she is, and has been for some time, practically the ‘hottest motherfucker on the whole damn block’. And why not? With a debut album Produced by Diplo, XXXChange and Dave Sitek (of TV On The Radio Fame), and having been touted as the successor to the likes of M.I.A. and Santogold, Blank’s brand of furious electro-rap has got some serious weight pulling for her success. After all, this is the girl who made her grand entrance to the music world with the lines “I’m a trashy boastful bitch MC/ ma romps are tastefully fresh/ ma pussy’s tastin’ the best” – off Spank Rock’s criminally underrated YoYoYoYoYo. Of course, the best part was that she seemed to be able to live up to it too, going on to share mikes and turntables with the likes of Ghostface Killah and Yuksek and aiming straight for the heart of her audience, saying before the release of I Love You: ‘I get worried ‘cause sometimes I feel like it’s not weird enough for the indie weird scene and it’s not pop enough for radio… I’m really toeing the line between homegirl and artfag’, which is exactly, unfortunately, about where exactly where I Love You lies.

The thing is – and this is important – I Love You doesn’t run aground because it’s a run of the mill electro-rap album – It’s not. It does so because it’s a run of the mill Amanda Blank album, the sound of a street girl so comfortable in the alleyways of her musical neighborhood that she’s unwilling to step out of it. After all, it’s not like the ideas aren’t there; they are, but they just aren’t given the space to grow before fading away, neglected by the love and nurture that I Love You so brazenly splashes across its own name. Take a song like “Something Bigger, Something Better”, which might have almost been one of the record’s defining tracks, pulsing as it is with subtle beats under the cool sway of Blank’s low vocals and dazzling flow, dripping with more attitude than anything else here. No such luck though, as Blank milks every ounce of quality and has the song wonder aimlessly (as cool as its swagger is) towards an empty plain of ridiculously lazy songwriting. It’s the exact same problem that plagues opener “Make It Take It”, or even the abysmal “Make Up”, with it’s dull plodding channeling the dry dreariness of an Uffie song.

Of course, if you’re looking for a true measure of what Blank has always been about, there’s no going past lead single “Might Like You Better”. Having done the rounds on the internet hype machine, it’s the most barefaced expression of everything Blank - and just about as polarizing as the girl herself. Hinging itself on the lyric of Romeo Void’s “Never Say Never”, Blank’s wickedly aggressive delivery of “I might like you better if we slept together” is drenched in a haze of distorted electro warp and chop change beats, leaving all subtlety for dead and reveling in its celebration of horny excess like no other. It’s blunt and it’s raw, and resting firmly within the love-it-or-hate-it circle of the rest of Blank’s tunes. On the flip side, her take on LL Cool J’s “I Need Love”, billed here as “A Love Song” and taking it’s cue from Santogold, sits uncomfortably among the rest of I Love You’s repertoire of big, dumb, cornfield tunes as Blank hangs her heart on the line singing J’s line: “for the first time in my life, I see I need love… Then the thought occurred, tear drops made my eyes burn”. As one of the album’s strongest songs, coated with a fine measure of Diplo’s tender mixing, it also serves to stick out, sore thumb and all as a testament to I Love You’s rather muddled pacing. Its sad, if not just flat out disappointing, if only because I Love You ends up coming off as a collection of b-sides to a non existent record that promised to be the freshest sound of one of Philly’s most exciting breakout female rappers. Blank by the numbers, blank’s the result.

2.2/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
StreetlightRock
Emeritus
August 5th 2009


3775 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

album makes me sad

Digging: The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 5th 2009


4950 Comments


very generous in rating.

she's pretty hot though

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
August 5th 2009


3775 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Dude, girl is daaammn fine. She's absolutely crazy live.

I don't think this is that bad as such. Just really ridiculously lazy. Her flow is awesome.

gaslightanthem
August 5th 2009


5209 Comments


she doesn't wear much live and she isn't bad looking means this deserves at least a 5/5

astrel
August 5th 2009


2614 Comments


this shit is terrible.

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2009


20857 Comments


Alex, your intro paragraphs have been gold of late. The rest of the review is pretty darn good too.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2009


15053 Comments


who

TricksterGRex
August 5th 2009


2087 Comments


i began to listen to this thinking it might not be that bad

but holy shit

scyther
August 5th 2009


1606 Comments


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iamthenightmare
August 6th 2009


754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hahahahahahaha


Roach
August 6th 2009


2148 Comments


she doesn't wear much live and she isn't bad looking means this deserves at least a 5/5


This rings true.

Great review, I won't be listening to this - sounds far too self conscious in a bad way, as if trying to pander towards public opinion whilst trying to maintain forced eccentricity and 'something different'.

RobotFrank
August 7th 2009


344 Comments


Saw her open for Yeah Yeah Yeahs last week in Clifton Park (Albany), NY. I hadn't yet heard of her at the time... She came out with some plastic hood attire and virtually no pants. I had no interest in getting down to a Lady Gaga knockoff, so I suffered through it and refrained from rockin out. Maybe if she weren't dressed exactly like Lady Gaga, I'd have been more open to her sound.. but I was against it right out of the gates.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 7th 2009


4950 Comments


allah forbids indecency!

Phantom
August 9th 2009


8930 Comments


album cover is arousing

bloc
August 9th 2009


34951 Comments


for once, you're right

Phantom
August 9th 2009


8930 Comments


i'm always right

bloc
August 9th 2009


34951 Comments


yo momma wears prada

Phantom
August 9th 2009


8930 Comments


why are you cyber bullying me?

bloc
August 9th 2009


34951 Comments


this is a test. it has always been one. you have passed. you are now my friend.

Phantom
August 9th 2009


8930 Comments


nicer dicer!

how long until we can hold hands?



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