Deborah Lombardi has been a strong female voice in the Long Island music scene for several years going. Her new album is called Sweet Revenge, and it captures well the singer-songwriter’s seemingly contradictory style. The artwork features the artist and her guitar, looking charming with dozens dainty yellow flowers all around. But inside, the artist sweetly croons about an aging prom king and queen turning into ugly has-beens with “watermelon waists” and “saggy-bag eyes.” That, she explains to the prom king’s jilted ex-girlfriend, is sweet revenge.
Deborah’s tart sense of humor carries through the album, though she also has a serious, moody side that comes out in songs like “Ghost of You” and “Cure for Tears.” Her songwriting ranges from loose country-folk to 70s-esque pop ballads reminiscent of The Carpenters. A standout track is the soulful “Let You Go,” which takes a more stream-of-consciousness approach than the rest of the album, both musically and lyrically. It captures the essence of a woman who has been around the block once or twice, but can’t help putting her feelings on the line all the same.
Deborah has been playing avidly since the release of Sweet Revenge. You can catch her next this weekend at The Montauk Music Festival. For more information and tour dates, visit her website at deborahlombardi.com.