Geek The Girl by Lisa Germano
Lisa Germano's 1994 masterpiece Geek The Girl is a concept album about a girl going through puberty. Unlike the bookAre You There God? It's Me, Margaret, this is a work that can be enjoyed equally by both men and women. There is such imagination and artistry here, it's amazing that an album about such a touchy subject is so listenable. The lyrics are wonderful, but this is definitely an album which could survive on its sonics, which are varied yet accessible and mostly created by Germano herself, who plays the majority of the instruments and acts as a coproducer.
The best example of the artist utilizing outside help is on Geek The Girl's centerpiece, the brilliant "...A Psychopath." Underneath Germano's captivating lyrics and quiet arrangement is an actual 911 call from a horrified woman who is being taunted by the presence of an intruder in her home. You can make out some of the conversation between the woman and the dispacther—which is terrifying enough—but the most eerie element of the song is hearing her scream "why?" repeadetly, moments before the phone disconnects, leaving us with the telling, sustaining sound of a dial tone. Absolutely chilling. Don't be surprised if you play this song twice in a row.
Though Germano was in her mid 30s when she recorded Geek The Girl, she is able to play the part of a preteen girl with the amazing confidence and accuracy of a trained actor. None of the album's 12 songs mention puberty directly, but the emotions which are commonly associated with the human body's transition period are always present. There is anger, confusion and self-hatred. But, from time to time, there are moments of heartbreaking tenderness. The result is a beautiful and consistent album and the universal critical acclaim it received immediately after its release is totally justified.
I suggest you find a quiet moment to enjoy this one.