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Album Review

Amanda Blank, 'I Love You'

August 10, 2009

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Amanda Blank I Love You
Downtown
ESSENTIAL “DJ’’

You’d think we’d be past the point when a female MC with a raunchy mouth and take-no-prisoners attitude would be a button-pushing buzz artist. But Philly’s Amanda Blank has gotten a lot of mileage out of her crotch pop the past few years. Her new album does nothing new - we’ve been here before. Lil’ Kim thrust this in our faces 15 years ago, and Yo! Majesty is doing the same crudely drawn caricature these days. Some of the songs soften the provocations (“Leaving You Behind’’), but most of this would only prick up the ears if you think Madonna and Annie Sprinkle never happened. With her genre-hopping, electronic-influenced sound produced by Diplo (who’s worked with M.I.A.) and Spank Rock, there are a number of good club tracks here (“DJ’’). But the whomping, partying production only serves as a distraction from the paucity of ideas from Blank’s verse. Romeo Void’s Debora Iyall knew she might like things better by sleeping together in 1984, so “Might Like You Better’’ here is ridiculously redundant. The MC might think she’s spitting fire, but it really sounds like she’s shooting blanks. (Out now)

KEN CAPOBIANCO