Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Wanda Jackson ft. Elle King and Joan Jett – Two Shots

Bang bang?


Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: The most good-natured, charming murder threat I’ve ever heard, with Jackson’s poised vocals sounding like the culmination of a half century of practice. She balances warmth and kindness with a wryness and annoyance, making a jokey trifle of a song into something far more interesting.

William John: Although I understand that some may find perverse pleasure in hearing a song with murderous threats performed with as much jollity as a Wiggles track, for me this needs a little more bite — whether it be in the vocals or instrumental — to truly work. There are a lot of big names here for something that adds up to “not much”.

Nortey Dowuona: We begin with the chomping country drums and flattened guitars that stop halfway through to pivot at the end of the phrase, while Wanda’s sturdy yet soft voice is carried gently by the mix, then placed in a warm circle of jangling guitars and little else. Then the mix lifts her aloft, with Joan and Elle’s voices circling her and keeping her safe.

Mark Sinker: big ❤️s to all involved of course, but the quack of this plastics remake of the monkees is where I got on and off this stylistic train — and that was back when wanda was only 43 (and joan’s solo arc hadn’t even begun)

Oliver Maier: It’s always a little bittersweet when an older musician’s new material sounds like a pastiche of the stuff they pioneered. Nothing especially wrong with this really, and some of the threats are at least worth a laugh, but I can’t imagine returning to it for any reason.

Juana Giaimo: It’s short and simple, but this song has a great bridge. It lets the song breath, creates some new musical tension that wasn’t previously present and smoothly goes back to the last chorus for a very tidy ending. 

Alfred Soto: Wanda Jackson sounds pinched. Elle King and Joan Jett are in there, somewhere. The guitars and drums offer compensator pleasures. 

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