July 08, 2009

Rachel Taylor Brown: Susan Storm's Ugly Sister and other Saints and Superheroes

Rachel Taylor Brown from Portland, Oregon, has a thing with doomed superheroes of nearly every persuasion, especially if they are officially approved saints according to the Catholic Church. Throw in a quite horrible death et voila: inspiration for a song. Her new album Susan Storm's Ugly Sister and other Saints and Superheroes switches between comic books fantasy characters - Miss Storm is The Invisible Woman of The Fantastic Four and - and gory church lore like the story of Zoe of Rome, who was strung up from a tree using her own hair after which her tormentors started a fire under her.

Pretty horrid, but Rachel Taylor Brown convinces the most when she uses her own imagination. Bruce Wayne's Bastard Son, a juicy tale about the really sleazy illegitimate offspring of Batman. Her music has been compared with Tori Amos, but while the latter is busy sliding to into self-parody Rachel Taylor Brown is at the top of her game.

Rachel Taylor Brown: Susan Storm's Ugly Sister and other Saints and Superheroes

Susan Storm's Ugly Sister and other Saints and Superheroes is a self-released album. Buy it from CD Baby.

Tracks:
  1. Susan Storm's Ugly Sister
  2. Ambush Bug/Reduviidae
  3. Lonely Galactus, the World Eater
  4. Bruce Wayne's Bastard Son
  5. Zoe of Rome
  6. Teresa Benedicta Also Edith Stein
  7. St. Fina
  8. Giovanni Bernardone (St. Francis)

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