Aussie Ready for Abba/To Rococo Rot All-Palindrome Tour

If she hadn't been stranded in the burbs on an island all these years, Diana Anaid might be the cover girl for self-made, heartwarming, gut-vomiting indie chicks. She is the palindromic Aussie girl who did the crooked splits in the air in that not-quite-award-winning, nearly-an-MTV-hit "I Go Off" in 2000: "I go owooioff/And if you don't believe that/I'll go off . . . ," strum, " . . . right here . . . ," strum, " . . . right now."

With a guitar bigger than herself, she wears army shorts on the beaches of eastern Australia, and she was cooler than Ani from the beginning: her voice louder, guts redder, heart more Bangles than Gram Parsons. "I Go Off," once blasted at interviewers who commented on how short she was and bouncers who strong-armed her at the door to her own shows, is more venomously produced on Beautiful Obscene—her third album, but first to hit the States.

From the knees up, a metal girl
photo: JOM
From the knees up, a metal girl

Anaid's voice, along with her image, have been layered and streaked since her second disc, I Don't Think I'm Pregnant, which bit the dust immediately in her motherland. But from the knees up, she's a metal girl. Beautiful Obscene is loaded with Pink-ishly athletic, personally political tracks. Really, it should be called I Don't Need a Boyfriend—she sings that line so stealthily and, clearly, she doesn't.

 
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