The name tells the tale: Alejandra O’Leary is a melodic mash-up of far-reaching artistic cultures and geographic and musical influences.
Combining classic raw rock with a contemporary pop vision, and musical ideas that span the spectrum of pop and rock history, from The Beatles to Elvis Costello, from Liz Phair to The Strokes, O’Leary’s music suggests delightfully paired opposites: Hard-charging and luxuriant, defiant and sugar-coated, individual pain and collective ecstasy, physical drive and spiritual transcendence. Rock and roll.
Okay, those last two are a perfectly harmonious pairing, but the rest are legitimate paradoxes that feed into the allure of an artist aware of the boundaries in front of her, yet never constrained by them.
O’Leary’s four studio albums and many singles have been praised for their pop know-how, imaginative songwriting, and raucous chops. She is currently at work on her fifth album in Portland, Maine, in addition to writing music for television and movies.