Understated debut from Californian singer-songwriter

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Mia Doi Todd – The Golden State

It’s fair to say that Mia Doi Todd has garnered good notices for this, her first album, and that there’s an opinion abroad that she’s something special. It’s difficult to see quite why she should have been seized on in this way for her simple, repetitious music is predominantly listless and washed out, typically swinging back and forth between two chords.

Monotonous, her voice fails to sell her rather earnest lyrics. Perhaps Todd is an acquired taste. Certainly ask to hear some of this before buying.