Review: Alpha Cat’s EP ‘Venus Smile’

EP Review

Alpha Cat

By Ljubinko Zivkovic, Rock At Night Amsterdam

Alpha Cat’s EP – Venus Smile…Retrograde–Release date: November 1, 2022

Venus Smile

Elizabeth McCullough, aka Alpha Cat seems to be no stranger to as many melody-driven musical genres as you can think of.

On her latest EP, ‘Venus Smile…retrograde’ she goes from melodic power pop to acoustic Americana and elsewhere on this six songs collection. And she does it with such a flair and ease, that all those unfamiliar with Alpha Cat might wonder where it all came from.

Actually, from her debut EP ‘Real Boy,’ McCullough not only became a critics favorite, but beat out Beck and Metallica for two weeks in a row on the CMJ National Add Charts. Her LP, Pearl Harbor, landed on several best of year lists while it’s follow up, Thatched Roof Glass House, received major global airplay, charting #1 on the NACC Add Chart.

As far as her as her latest release is concerned, McCullough says that “This record addresses the divisions in society and asks for them to be healed by addressing our commonalities. It’s a hopeful resolution and reconnection to a world that has become too divided, too extreme.”

Big words on paper but Alpha Cat backs it up not only with strong lyrics, but also with some excellent music behind them , featuring performances by guitarist Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, John Mayer,) bassist Reggie McBride (Stevie Wonder, Parliament Funkadelic, Elton John) and cellist Jane Scarpantoni (REM, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs).

 

 

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