Lowell: “We Loved Her Dearly” Album Review

Written By: Natalie Maza

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In the recent hours of my Saturday morning, I’ve stumbled upon a musician named Elizabeth Lowell Boland and, after a couple of minutes of listening to her debut album, a single keyword came to mind for her unique style: ghostly! I had no idea I was so into pop songs with phantom vocals, but an hour later, there I was, still intoxicated by the artist’s slurred, echoed words behind a rhythm of slow electropop.

“We Loved Her Dearly” was released in the fall of 2014 by an up and coming bisexual artist going by the name of “Lowell”. The track is well coated with a dozen themes from her colorful past, one that includes dropping out of university as a teenager to work as a stripper. This path of events ended up leading her to start writing her own music and subsequently be signed to a record label that would allow her to release her debut EP, “I killed Sara V.”.

Before you go thinking her past also includes being a cold-blooded murderer, you should know that her stage name as a stripper was, in fact, “Sara Victoria”. How clever!
The haunting album featured this song among tracks like “I Love You Money” and “Time I Lower Me Down”, all illustrating her story of pain and pleasure as a former stripper. Not to mislead you, however, Lowell is unapologetic when it comes to talking about her past and her sexuality: she’s made it clear in past interviews that she has nothing to hide and is actually an advocate for using sex for self-empowerment. The singer has stated that her main goal is to act as a positive influence through her music, on the grounds of helping others get through their own turmoil in the long run.

Finally, as I narrowed down my favorite song from the EP, I have to name the gayest one of all: “LGBT”. It’s right in the name. An anthem of acceptance and joyous rebuttal towards the discriminatory opinions commonly found in “old people”, as she calls it, the song has a catchy chorus that I don’t think anyone will have trouble chanting along to:

“My name is name is LGBT,
Don’t take out your misery on me,
I’m happy, I’m happy
And free, and free
L-G-B-T, L-O-V-E
Oh, don’t hate our love”

From her criticism of ignorant minds in our society to embracing her sex appeal, the album of twelve songs in total feature the kind of lyrics that hit deep once you read them without music, knowing the backstory and feelings behind the artist who wrote them. At the same time, Lowell produces the kind of music that makes you champion all that tragic meaning, lie back and chill to the ghostly vibes of each tune.