Lucky Number (The Best Of)
Lene Lovich helped launch her career by screaming on soundtracks of European horror films. A similar sort of exotic spookiness can be found in her late-’70s and early-‘80s output as an artist, the best of which is gathered here. In tandem with collaborator/husband Les Chappell, the Detroit-born Lovich fashioned an odd sort of punk-theater music fusion built around her vocal trills, swoops and sighs. Her Slavic space-queen persona is fleshed out in her provocative (and often funny) lyrics. Beneath all the sci-fi weirdness, a sharp intelligence peeks through — tunes like “Say When,” ”Joan” and “Sleeping Beauty” are stirring new-wave anthems of self-empowerment. Her tracks glide on techno-pop grooves (“Home,” ”New Toy”) or crackle with leg-twitching energy (“Monkey Talk,” “Writing On the Wall”). “Too Tender (To Touch)”and “One Lonely Heart” prove her merits as a Balkan-style torch singer. The careening “Lucky Number” — Lene’s biggest hit — captures much of her off-kilter, warm-hearted appeal.