A&L - 'Hot Mess'

Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.

In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze back on an artist that we’ve delved into numerous times in the past: A&L. The duo consists of vocalist Lana Marie and musician and producer Anthony Casuccio. In the past, I’ve lauded their ability to great well produced, accessible, and interesting rock and roll with a Nashville-style flair. Their newest studio release and endeavor is ‘Hot Fuss,’ a tune that they’ve found out has been incredible relatable to their audience. Let’s dig into it and find out why.

‘Hot Mess’ has already spent six weeks on the European PICA charts prior to its US release. It’s easy to see why when you dig into it - it’s just as well produced as their other efforts. The staple of A&L has always been, at least to me, their ability to create jingly, upbeat rock and roll that is radio-friendly and infectious, but also decent. (Typically this accessibility forgoes creativity and quality in the music industry.) ‘Hot Mess’ does this again, and its largely due to Marie’s vocal delivery. As ever, she’s so enjoyable to listen to. She’s got a great set of pipes and her personality is what sells it. Without that personality, this track would feel somewhat empty.

‘Hot Mess’ is an ode to all the misfits, rude, and disgusting people we have to deal with when attempting to find love, or even a date. I dig how it hits both ends of the spectrum - sometimes, women spend a bit too much damning men in pop music. Marie is firing at everyone! Sleazy women who flirt for a free drink, guys who unsubtly flirt and think they're god’s gift to women, etc. Everyone has to deal with stuff like that when out in bars or clubs - A&L hits on this very well, and I absolutely get why they’ve found the tune so relatable to listeners.

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