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Punk Thrives In Big Joanie’s Crooked Room


[Album]: The Crooked Room
[Artist]: Big Joanie
Overall Grade/Rating: 9/10
Production: 8/10
Lyrics: 8/10
Melody: 9/10
Execution: 9/10
Subject Matter: 9/10
Replay Value: 10/10
Fav Songs: No Scrubs, Baby Rust
Least Fav Songs: Crooked Room

Originality: 10/10

Cover Art: 9/10

Spin or Skip: Spin

The Low Down: This small packaged but intense ride is every bit complete from the dizzying twisted guitar melody on “Crooked Room” to the afro-punked revamped version of TLC’s “No Scrubs.” On the leading track, “Crooked Room,” Stephanie Phillip’s monotonous tone adds to the feeling of stumbling through the room the song attempts to create.

The band’s British roots  surface on “Baby Rust” through the vocal delivery. Also along  with the grunge aesthetics, and the build up at the end that explodes into  array of riffs. Joanie wraps is all up with “No Scrubs.” This rendition is grunged out with emphasis on the girl power element from the original, especially in the hook. “I don’t wanna meet you no where (NO!), I don’t want none of your time and (NO!).” The band emphasizes the “no” giving the song a more punky edge. Little things do come in big packages, Big Joanie proofs that on Crooked Room.

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Will Eady
Born and raised in the birthplace of Funk, and arguably the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll, music is in my veins. If names like Bootsy Collins, and the Ohio Players ring a bell, then you know where I come from. As a musician and poet myself, I have an appreciation for art that hasn’t been inundated by the agendas of major labels and networks. Recently I’ve been sharing music and connecting with artists via social media. Follow me on Instagram @mainstream_music_isgarbage.