Sometimes remembered most for the tragic, incredibly cruel circumstances of her 2ooo death by boating accident, English folk and roots rock singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl nevertheless built an interesting and successful career in the U.K. as a fiercely independent artist. Emerging as a teenager on the immediate post-punk scene, MacColl began her career quickly on Stiff Records, eventually releasing the critically acclaimed LP Desperate Character in 1983. Although she would make only one more '80s album (1989's Kite), MacColl remained a significant presence on the British music scene. Her seamless blend of genres ranging from new wave to country and folk would ultimately exert plenty of influence on the rise of a new crop of singer-songwriters during the '90s and beyond.
The upbeat 1989 track "Innocence" showcases the auburn-haired, freckled singer at her most appealing, and its earthy enthusiasm exemplifies the English charm of one of the era's most ethereal vocalists. Forgive the alliteration there, as I suppose MacColl has a tendency to bring out the playful, joyful side of all her listeners. That makes her unnecessary early death at 41 even harder to swallow. Luckily, this artist's uncompromising catalogue has provided a legacy far more defined by strength and vitality than mere mortality.
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