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Imani Coppola: The Glass Wall

Last Updated 10/30/2012 2:02:04 PM

By: Jonathan Tuttle

Imani Coppola The Glass Wall (Push Moon)Imani Coppola

The Glass Wall

(Push Moon)

I was always aware of Imani Coppola, but I never sat down and fully gave her albums the proper listen. Boy, was that a mistake on my part, judging by her latest release, The Glass Wall.

I will be the first to admit that the heavy club beats that sometimes dominate these songs are not my thing, but Coppola comes off so powerful, so in-your-face, that you can’t help but to pay attention. She isn’t here to get her groove on or pick up the boys and girls for a quick romp in the club bathroom, no, not at all. She sings with purpose. She is – and forgive the term – raging against the machine that is our cookie-cutter culture.
Though her latest album, The Glass Wall, sets sail with the twisted little electro-harmonies of “Say Hello,” it quickly grabs you by the throat and puts your head to the speakers on “State of the Art,” “Fear and Loathing” and “The Kids Are Dangerous,” which is the best song on the CD.

Though this sounds like a bad synopsis, “Breakin You In” is filled with ’80s soundscapes which would make Kim Wylde or Berlin proud. Then immediately following is the quirky and funny “Ave Maria” with the chorus “Is he gay or European.”

A lot of people say there is no originality in music today, which is mostly true, but that doesn’t mean an artist can’t piece together influences for some groundbreaking music. If you’ve ever wanted to have fun listening to an album while the singer is brutally honest, Imani Coppola’s got it covered with The Glass Wall.

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