Lonely Drifter Karen – Comet
Sometimes you are struck by a song by the sheer talent of the musicians; sometimes it’s the pop singer’s chops; sometimes it’s the polish or the rough edges and sometimes it is none of those things. Lonely Drifter Karen, here on Comet, from their 2012 long-player Poles, doesn’t break any new ground, the instrumentation is OK the vocal is a little hard to get your mind around, but somehow in spite of all of this the song embeds itself in your brain and has you immediately humming and/or singing along. It’s infectious-and no one thing comes to mind that makes it so.
In a way, these qualities are more admirable than if everything was perfect. If you can’t walk away from a song because it has you at the refrain of the first stanza, then there is definitely something there, even if you can’t put your finger on it.