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Given the cover art and the title of the album you wonder if the girl Lexi used to be was a hooker or at least a tease. But the album artwork isn’t the only tantalizing and sexy thing—her vocals also rein you in. The music is quirky and bouncy with funky grooves with a myriad of influences in the world of jazz, pop, and rock. The songs are equal parts accessible and cerebral with her lyrics insightful glances into an emotional heart. Grab up this sultry funky pop-rock exploit immediately or forever be lost in obscurity and inconsequential music. And Lexi, my wife loved the shirt and I had to give it to her, hope you don’t mind!

- J-Sin - Smother.Net


| Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts |
375 Church St. North Adams, MA 01247 (413) 662-5000
Dec. 8 was the last CC's Café for the semester. The Student Activities Council sponsored event was a delightful evening with the vocal styling of Lexi Street. This Atlanta, GA native brought her southern spunk and amazing voice to the MCLA campus.
She made it to the big time after opening for Dido earlier this year, but still loves performing on college campuses. Lexi Street entertained the CC's audience for the third time in three years. With a green acoustic guitar in hand, and musical backup provided by Gary O'Bryan, Lexi Street opened her set with "Lovers Catastrophe." Her unique voice provided a nice change of pace in the CC's Café performers.
Her carefree nature was strewn throughout the entire performance. Lexi Street constantly made references to Destiny's Child and the song "Bootylicious." There was one point where she made a comment about the lyrical writing of Destiny's Child. In an interview, the lead singer of Destiny's Child bragged about how easy it was for her to come up with the lyrics to "Bootylicious." "You would have thought she was Bob Dylan or something," remarked Lexi Street. This sent giggles though out the audience. Her lighthearted nature was also evident in her songs where she laughed off mistakes. "We usually try to incorporate one mistake into the first or second song."
Lexi Street performed songs about heartache and being in love, but steered away from the poor woman routine. She instead sung songs about women hurting men. "You think you got us where you want us and then we chew you up and spit you out," said Lexi Street. She laughed about how females are not always sweet and proper. "Sometimes we eat nails for breakfast instead of Wheaties," she said.
Her songs were realistic without the flowery metaphors that some artists prefer. "I'm the best you ever had. But you did not want it. Now on days you look so sad. I see your eyes are bigger than your stomach." Mixed in with her own tunes Lexi Street performed a few cover songs. She sung one off the "Pulp Fiction" soundtrack and a Roy Orbison favorite.
Lexi Street was an amazing performer and a nice end to the CC's line up for the fall semester. Her personality shined through every song and kept the audience's attention. She was a true performer right to the end of the show. If you were unable to make it to the CC's show, find out more about Lexi Street on line at, www.lexistreet.com.
- The Beacon: By Andrea Salisbury Assistant A&E Editor


February 9, 2004
So, you've never heard of Lexi Street, Atlanta's best kept secret? Don't let that stop you from buying this CD and letting her introduce herself.
Lexi's a complex girl whose songs pull you in with an air of smoky, lingering sexuality. The initial reaction might be, "Here's another hot looking girl using sex to pedal her otherwise mediocre wares." (And the CD cover might only reinforce this opinion.) But you'd be only half right. For her, sensuality sells, but she's selling the musical real deal.

Lexi uses that flirtatious mood like a hook in a song, just a detail to pull you into her musical world. In this way, she is very much like Kate Bush, who also had to fight initial resistance to her music due to her good looks. If you listen to Bush's song "The Sensual World," you will know some of Lexi's world. Here, sensuality means "an awareness and appreciation of all the body's senses in a tactile world," not just "sex" in the way most entertainment is marketed these days.

Also like Kate, Lexi shows an amazing ability to use her voice like a jazz instrument, not afraid to stretch a vocal line past comprehension to stress a unique melody or mood. The results are often quite striking. The rest of the band (the nucleus of which recorded this CD) rises to Lexi's challenge and provides original and supple jazz-influenced backing. The band prefers to simmer slowly most times, but beneath the simmer you can feel the coiled muscle of energy that only completely unleashes on stage. Like King Crimson, even the quietest passages are full of drama.

The songs themselves are quite capable of drilling into your brain until you can't stop singing them to yourself. My personal favorite is the up-tempo "Atlas," in which Ms. Street uses maps as metaphor for human interaction. The infectious rhythm will have you hitting your CD player's repeat button, and Lexi's vocal delivery simply twists in wonderful new directions with each line. "Monday Morning" is a good mid-tempo introduction to her introspective world, a place best summarized in the title track, in which "the girl" takes a look around herself. "Bebe (Tasty)" is a melodic song in which Lexi does live up to her sexual image and let's her lover know what it's all about in a voice that could melt a man's heart at twenty paces. "Lover's Catastrophe" introduces a contrasting bit of darkness with it's hint of love's more masochistic side. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention "Beautiful South," in which Street marries some impressionistic lyrics with a stunningly controlled musical evocation of the languorous beauty of the South, y'all. Add some tasty organ licks, strings, and exotic rhythms, and you've entered the sensual world of Lexi Street.

No match for seeing them live, but then, when does a studio album do that? Until they tour in your area, this small masterpiece will have to do!
- Rick Hines


New Thoughts»
Oct 03, 05 | 12:18 am

LEXI STREET is Quite accomplished and Talented for someone who isn’t Signed to a Major label (but lately, that isn’t a sign of Talent, is it?), which is Lucky for us. She has more time and Freedom to Explore her musical interests as well as Play small Intimate venues that cater to Incredible music and Incredible artists. See her in one of those Venues before it is truly Too Late.

- RadioMike Perazzetti


If you live around Atlanta and haven't heard of Lexi Street yet, you probably will soon. You won't find Lexi Street on Mapquest, but you may soon be seeing her in Rolling Stone. That's because Lexi Street is a singer, not an address. Atlanta-based Lexi and her song writing co-conspirator, Gary O'Bryan, have fashioned a new sound that is getting attention nationwide. Fresh off of finishing in the final four of XM Radio's search for America's best unsigned band, Lexi is back in the studio recording the follow-up to her acclaimed first release "The Girl I Used to Be." But she has still made time to do a local gig here and there. "There is a certain sterility to studio work," she says. "Getting out and playing live shows gives us energy, and allows us to get a reaction to what we are recording before we release it."



Live or studio, critics and fans love the band. Fresh Tracks Music says, "It's not like anything that you have heard-but also not too different from everything that you love. It ranges from vampy to campy, dominant to submissive, Batman to Robin, and boxers to briefs. But it is always personal, seductive and above all, fun." Music enthusiasts love the fact that they can't categorize her music. "On one hand, it's hard to place them in a category, but on the other hand it's very familiar too," said one newly converted fan after leaving his first Lexi Street performance at the 10 High Club in Atlanta's Highlands. "And Lexi is H-O-T, I'll be back." When forced to make comparisons, most fans describe Lexi Street as a blend of Gwen Stephani with Dido and Blondie. Guitarist Gary O'Bryan may add a couple of names to that mix. His song writing credits appear with the likes of Madonna, Britney Spears, Billy Crawford and B2K.



After expanding their song-writing duo to include some of Atlanta's best talent, they are now set to emerge. Fronted by Lexi's seductive vocals; driven by the creative musical force of guitarist Gary O'Bryan; distinguished by a nationally recognized brass player; and supported by a rhythm section tighter than security at a Michael Jackson visit to a children's shelter, Lexi Street is a can't miss act.



The evolution of Lexi Street began with the addition of drummer Andy Lord. After years of playing sweaty, drumstick splitting, blister-producing, ass-funk rock, Andy waded into the calmer waters of Lexi Street in 2005. Though he describes his style now as "perfunctory, syncopated and tangential" he readily acknowledges that he doesn't know what any of those words mean. "But they sound cool and important" he said. "And drums are cool and important too, so there is a connection." Next came bass player Dave Howard. While Lexi is the eye candy for guys, Dave is definitely the eye-candy for the women. But it was his bass playing skills that landed him the Lexi gig. As the former bass player for Atlanta favorite Shock Lobo, Dave turned down a number of offers to join Lexi. "I listened to the CD and loved it. I talked to Lexi and loved her. I jammed with the Andy and it was tight. And I played with Gary and it was there. Kind of a no-brainer really." The last addition was the horn player, Jason Young. Jason is the youngest in the band, but perhaps the most talented. Recognized as one of Georgia's top brass players, Lexi offered him the gig just 30 minutes into his first audition. "We needed someone young, pure and uncorrupted, but also someone exceedingly talented who looked good in bike shorts," explained Lexi in a thick English accent that betrays her predominantly southern roots. "I have a habit of corrupting people," she continued. "When we realized he played the flugelhorn as well as the trumpet, it sealed the deal. None of us even knew what a flugelhorn was. And the fact that it was a blue flugelhorn made it not just interesting, but erotic.

With the band complete, Lexi now seeks to add fans. And Georgia State University is target #1. "We want to reach the college crowd because we think it is our niche", she says. "I live two miles from the GSU campus so I love Georgia State, I love Album 88 and I would love for GSU to adopt us as their favorite band." In fact, she says, "Any Georgia State student who registers on our website (www.lexistreet.com) will get a free pass to any upcoming show."
- Georgia State Signal - The Urbanite


Lexi Street – The Girl I Used To Be

Self-Published / Artist One-Stop – 2002

Lexi Street wants you to fall in love with her, and her album “The Girl I Used To Be” is a testament to this fact. The nine song disc starts off with the hooky and bouncy “Monday Morning,” effectively setting the jaunty tone that is weaved through the rest of the album. “The Girl I Used To Be” is largely ‘up’ music, benefiting from arrangements that never quite drift outside the world of familiar pop-rock.

Where the album does gain ground is in Lexi’s voice – a hybrid of Norah Jones and Betty Page that would be as fitting crooning to a single piano in a smoky bar as it is with a full pop line. Lyrically, Lexi drifts between love, lust, and even to a bit of regret, closing the record with it’s most mellow and heart-felt track – Beautiful South.

“The Girl I Used To Be” is a bit of jazz mixed into a world of southern pop with a sense of innuendo that often, and easily becomes command. But, thankfully, Lexi’s got a voice sultry enough to pull it off.
- Subter.com Written by P. Bradley Robb


Discography

cd: the girl I used to be...
Single: "Summer" recently released made the most requested and most played song last summer on XM Satellite Radio Channel 52 - their newest track, "the room inside of you" landed them finalists in the top four of XM Radio and GM's In the Garage Contest for the best unsigned band.
Other Radio includes;
Album 88.5 WRAS, Atlanta, GA
Walsh University's WCAV "The Static”
WSOU 89.5 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
106-VIC 105.9 Ithaca, NY
KCSS 91.9 Turlock, CA
Radio X Chicago

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get turned on...to lexi street. by fusing elements of jazz, rock, sex and pop, lexi street and her band have created a sound that's not emulative of anything you've heard before, yet somehow if will feel so familiar. it can only be the marvy hooks and the matchless melodies that make them such a bitchin' band. "girl I used to be..." street & o'bryan's freshman cd bends and curves to words that, for some, will raise the hair on the back of your neck, and for others, at least an eyebrow. You'll be smitten from the first song. lexi street writes breathy music with sweltering lyrics that would make you want to come down to the deep south and stay awhile. lexi was a solo singer/guitarist that eventually became the lyrical girl friday to then unknown guitarist, gary o'bryan (now known for his co-writing on the britney spears'/madonna's single "me against the music") - all this is a far stretch from the style of music this band does. The new band members (post album) is bursting forth new material that they've all been so fervently writing. It has all the yen and appeal of our now favorite bands, new beginnings.