MISS ALEX WHITE AND THE RED ORCHESTRA: Self-titled: LP

Imagine a less-amped and groove-locked BellRays and that’s a good indication of what to expect from this record. It’s more atmospheric, moody, and restrained—the watershed is definitely concerned with showcasing Ms. White’s stellar voice—but the power’s not muted. Sort of like the Detroit Cobra’s gig (which I like, as well) and mid-period Stooges. It’s something your parents may like, and I say that in a diplomatic, “Let’s find some common ground so I don’t have to listen to U2’s Christmas album and feel like killing you all” thoughts during the holidays kind of way without you, yourself, gagging or feeling like a tool.

 –todd (In The Red)