Missy Higgins, “Unashamed Desire”
The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, 2012
The first single released from her upcoming album The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle (due out June 1), Unashamed Desire marks Missy Higgins’ return to the public arena after a 5 year hiatus.
And in that time off, some things have certainly changed.
She’s gone a hell of a lot darker for instance, no longer chronicling the happy ‘finding yourself’ topic, she instead chooses rabid desire, singing:
“Open up my chest and take what you like/ Open up my chest if you like”
Also gone are the cute, snappy piano riffs that riddled her earlier albums, replaced by electric guitars, echo-y harmonies and thudding drums. Her vocals have also softened, the flattened vowels and strong Australian accent toned down a little.
Still here, luckily, is the killer chorus hook, catchy as hell and easily singable. Prepare to get it stuck in your head for days, because the radio play on this song is going to be colossal.