When Led Zeppelin was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, the band’s highly underrated bassist John Paul Jones told a brilliant joke during his acceptance speech that became one of the highlights of the night. John Paul quipped –
Thank you to my friends for finally remembering my phone number.
Like any good joke, there was an element of truth to it, bassists are historically the most underappreciated members of most bands, the focal point is usually the lead singer or even the guitarist. Lindsey Abudei is her own lead but her music has been similarly underappreciated over the years. The singer unexpectedly released her debut album … And the Bass is Queen last week, so hopefully it goes a long way in correcting that.
The album strolls effortlessly between neo soul and pop-rock, picking elements from both genres over its 50 minute musical excursion. “Have You?” is its shortest burst at under 2 minutes, while at over 6 minutes long, “High” is its longest trek. On the former, against the backdrop of drenching, melodramatic keys, Lindsey builds a musical puzzle with her soothing voice, one rhetorical question at a time, while she manages to answer some of those questions for us on the latter. The latter being the super descriptive “High” – Ms Abudei sings emotively about fear and love and how that mix could make even the most confident perso ...