Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside 

Untamed Beast

Here's a bit of revised Tennyson for you: In spring, a young woman's fancy not-so-lightly turns to thoughts of love. The new album from Portland rockabilly outfit Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside perfectly fits a springtime state of mind. It's everything I could have hoped for: lusty and ornery and dance-worthy.

Untamed Beast hones and perfects the band's pairing of Sallie Ford's distinct voice with rock and surf rhythms. It's also one of the most awesomely female-gaze-centric albums I've heard in a long time. Ford tells us on nearly every track that she won't take any crap and she wants a man to do her right. Literally, on the song "Do Me Right." It reminds me of Bessie Smith or Etta James, with playful, flirty lyrics like, "Some girls they like mashed potatoes, some girls they like fried green tomatoes, but me I like a certain sweet that only you can give to me."

Untamed Beast could appeal to almost any demographic, but if you're, say, a young woman bent on enjoying the hell out of life, you might find it downright inspirational.

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