Combining the best parts of ’90s grunge with a modern twist, U’re So Pretty by Carmen Mellino is a beautiful track to dance along to on a rainy day like today. The French-born rocker is just eighteen years old, and yet her music sounds like the work of someone who’s been working at their craft for several years.
Like many of the French greats who’ve gone before, such as Serge Gainsbourg, Carmen has a sharp wit. When analysing the lyrics of U’re So Pretty, it won’t take you long to realise that this song packs a punch. Tongue in cheek humour seeps from the speakers like glittery pus from an open wound as Carmen gives compliments and scathing criticisms within the same breath. You can hardly stop yourself from headbanging along to this soaring piece of grungy greatness, and that’s an admirable quality in any track.
This is the first single that Carmen has released on all major streaming platforms, and is an extremely accomplished debut. I mean, what was I doing at eighteen? Uploading demos to SoundCloud and getting drunk every weekend instead of studying. Be more like Carmen, guys.
Somewhat reminiscent of PJ Harvey, I’m adding this one to my Spotify playlist when it goes live, and I recommend you do the same. You’d be crazy not to!