Home Sweet Mobile Home - Rolling Stone
Home Music Album Reviews

Home Sweet Mobile Home

Nellie McKay is all over the place — wonderfully so. Whether she's delivering social commentary while strumming a ukulele in "Adios," exorcising the spirit of a devilish former lover over a festive bed of New Orleans jazz in "Dispossessed" or setting vegetarian activism to "Unknown Reggae," this mercurial New York singer-songwriter brings both ample wit and equally generous melodies. Partially recorded in Jamaica, McKay's fifth album fortifies her rhythms with reggae syncopations and naturalizes her sound with a live-in-the-studio ebullience that smartly showcases her thespian chops. A sweet, female version of Randy Newman who hearkens back to pre-rock cabaret days without getting the slightest bit nostalgic, McKay is the sophisticated minstrel your granddaddy thinks they stopped making years ago.

See the hottest live shots of the week

In This Article: Nellie McKay


Powered by
Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch.