I downloaded the new Nellie McKay album on iTunes last week. I should really have mentioned that somewhere. It’s good, but I’m not as hooked on it as I was with the first one. I need to listen to it again.
That’s Marion Raven. She’s Norwegian, I believe, and a fairly popular singer over there that was recruited for the album. Otherwise, nobody in America has heard of her. Meat Loaf’s long-time duet partner, Patti Russo, left the band this summer, for reasons nobody is quite sure of. Weird. She was there since BAT II.
I hear Jennifer Hudson — of American Idol and soon THE DREAMERS fame — does a duet on the album, too, with Mr. Loaf.