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Bastard Daughter

by Kelly Buchanan

A pumped up PJ Harvey meets Jeff Buckley's melodies and the punkish attitude of old scool Liz Phair - You just gotta listen.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Ummmm...
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2. Letter in Your Mailbox
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3. No Vacancy
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4. Piggyback Ann
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5. Volcanic Lover
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6. Cocaine
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7. Body Bag
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8. Favorite Jeans
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9. Asshole of the Year
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10. Gun or a Ring
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11. I Don't Want to Know You
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12. Lullaby
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Album Notes
Bastard Daughter

"Kelly Buchanan's voice is the bulldozer rampaging down the center aisle of the health food store," writes Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield. "It's simple: get out of the way or get run over." Indeed, this audacious singer-guitarist, a product of the fertile Boston rock scene who now lives in New York, has a tendency to lure you to the X on the sidewalk with a bright melody and a perfect hook before dropping a piano on your head. And when it happens, it's the most welcome collision you've ever experienced.

You could say she's a more energetic PJ Harvey. Maybe she's Ani DiFranco packing heat. Or just ask Kelly herself. "I like rock and roll," she says matter-of-factly, and just like that, Kelly Buchanan needs no further introduction. She just needs a little room to let loose, and the world might need a seatbelt and a stiff drink to survive it.

This is a girl who once explored a jungle in Brazil alone, carrying around a pocketknife and a can of mace for company. Kelly Buchanan brings the same adventurous attitude to her music. Bastard Daughter, her third album, can charm you with its graceful guitar movements even as her lyrics cut you in half with unabashed ferocity. Her gritty exploration of abuse, feminism, and the most painful aspects of love may find a balance with her equally honest and animated forays into desire and adoration, but there's no point in trying to dodge the explosive "Cocaine" or trying to hide from the sharp edges of "Body Bag."

Balance that against the lush pop of "Letter In Your Mailbox," the syncopated thrust of "I Don't Want To Know You" or the delicate, wistful "Lullaby" and you have a picture of Bastard Daughter: by turns alluring, disturbing, energizing and draining, a unified roller coaster of feeling set to an inventive, slightly skewed rock soundtrack.

Kelly debuted with a solo acoustic record, 1999's A Bipolar World. After splitting time between studying at Penn State University and the Berklee College of Music, as well as traveling and performing from Boston to Buenos Aires, France to Ecuador -- and yes, Brazil -- Kelly worked toward her full-band record, 2002's Match. Now, with the release of Bastard Daughter in 2005, Kelly Buchanan has refined the sound she developed in her sophomore release. "Match was all over the place," she confesses. "I was trying to please everyone. Bastard Daughter really has a direction, as an album. This time, it was like, 'This is mine. I'm gonna make this what I want, and nobody is gonna argue with me.'"

While marching her energetic rock shows up and down the east coast from Massachusetts to Florida, Kelly has played venues ranging from small coffee houses to some of New York and Boston's premier clubs. Along the way, she earned an army of fans that ultimately financed the making of Bastard Daughter. In exchange for CDs of demos, autographed advance copies of the finished record, liner note thank-yous and other goodies, fans donated to the making of the album from before the start of recording all the way through mixing, mastering and manufacturing. It's an innovative strategy and one that demonstrates how Kelly Buchanan touches lives and inspires loyalty from her listeners.



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Rob Evenden

Just brilliant !
Cream rises to the top. This CD is head and shoulders above so many others. Buy it !!!!!


I barely hung on...
I was lucky enough to catch Kelly perform in Boston at her CD release party for Bastard Daughter and i think i am still shaking...i was truly struck by her lyrics as much as her guitar work, she was forceful yet eloquent and stylish...all the while lifting you up only to let you fall just to see if you would land on your feet. It was as contagious as much as it was in your face...and i want more!

Hayley MacMillan

Love it, the catchy tunes the "I stand for no bullshit" attitude.
I love this whole cd, and each song has an indication to function. The tunes are catchy and the words just fill me with attitude. It puts me in the mood before I hit the town. excellent work.

Lindsay Smith

This CD Kicks Ass
This CD has been in heavy rotation in my CD player since I got it (and I have a lot of CD's). These songs kick serious ass, with beats, guitar licks, melodies, and lyrics that get under your skin and stay there. You'll be screaming along to "Asshole of the Year" and "Cocaine" by your second listen, and then you'll go put them on mix CD's for your girlfriends. Kelly Buchanan should get really famous, oh, any second now. In the meantime, buy this CD so you can say you knew about her before she got huge.

Sarah Woolf

This album kicks ass and if you don't buy it now, you will be kicking your ass later. Five f*****' stahs!!!


deserving, talented, a force
We saw Kelly Perform in Minneapolis, and we were first time listeniers. I look forward to hearing more from Kelly and BUY bastard Daughter, you will love it. And Wehn she comes to a town within range, go see her. She is the real deal.