Maria McKee is one of those artists that fall into one of three categories: you love her. you hate her. you've never heard of her.
She was a teenager when she sang with Lone Justice on their two excellent albums. She's written songs that have been covered by Bette Midler, Rosanne Cash and the Dixie Chicks. She's gone on to make some really great solo material - and some not so great stuff. When she's bad, she is BAD.
There's no way around that one.
Her first three solo disks were good. Two were REALLY good. But by her fourth, she faltered. She had some really good songs on High Dive, but a few were clunkers and the whole disk was riddled with bad production. Just beyond the pale.
It is a problem when you have no record company per se - and you produce and release your own material at will. There are fewer critical ears that would go "......are you sure about this.....?".
From High Dive, there are a few songs to pick for this month's theme: Bad Music from Favourite Artists. The song I opted for is called "Non Religious Building".
It never bodes well when a song actually starts with the word "suicide".
It is just a mess of guitar work and lyric work. IF you can stick through it - you'll hear a horn portion, and then computer generated noises.
The song becomes like a soundtrack to the worst acid trip ever.
Maria, as always, has a strong voice, but that is not enough to overcome a poorly written and produced song.
It is so bad - no one even bothered to make a fan video of it.
I don't feel that I'm really selling this for you to hit 'play'.
Maria McKee - Non Religious Building