Album Watch: Experiencing CocknbullKid's 'Adolescent Behavior'
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Before she was 'counting the seconds to adulthood' Anita Blay (street name: CocknbullKid) was wallowing in 'adolescence' trying to find her way in the cunning mist that is the music industry. Floating around the inter-webs currently, is Adolescence, a collection of tracks the singer recorded in the mid-to-late 2000's that are surely to surprise those who weren't aware that Blay had a sort of stripped down/spacey Prince-y/UK Janelle Monáe vibe preceding the piano-pop turn she takes on now. I've listened to a few of these songs prior (especially "I'm Sorry" and "Boys and Girls") and can totally understand why the shift in style prompted those to dislike what Adulthood was (though it was one of my top 10 records last year). Still it's really funny how the music industry can sort of clay mold an artist to make them fit in with all the rest, isn't it?
Adolescence wasn't officially released by the singer---so know that it's one of those deals. Still it's free, a neat companion piece to Adulthood, and it's an interesting look back at what folks were expecting of Blay on her debut, but (sorely) didn't get.