Deborah Conway’s ‘greatest hits’ album, Only The Bones, came with a kicker on the back cover: “Plus 16 other songs.” It was Conway’s wry admission she’s had only two big hits – Do-Ré-Mi’s Man Overboard, and then It’s Only The Beginning.
She references that solo hit in Don’t You Forget Me: “What can an old lady sing,” she asks, “if it’s not Only The Beginning?”
Savagely self-deprecating, and then just savage, The Words Of Men is the 10th album Conway has made with her husband Willy Zygier. It’s a robust partnership, and this record shows that Conway is certainly no one-trick pony. Despite the lack of chart success, her songwriting remains razor-sharp, brave, combative and uncompromising. This is spiky pop, where the titles forewarn: I Need To Complain, There’s A War That’s Coming, Yours With Disgust… Then there’s that voice. She might joke about being an old lady, but this vocal still soars.
When Conway states, “I sing imperfect words, they roll off my tongue, I got something for everyone,” it’s no lie. Long may she roar. The Words Of Men is unforgettable.
The Words of Men is out February 15 via Intercorps/MGM.
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