Bonnie Whitmore’s new record, Last Will and Testament is a continuance to her 2016 release Fu@k With Sad Girls. Last Will dives deeper into tough topics to what Whitmore refers to as “song therapy.” Asking the listener to answer questions like ‘Who do you want to be? What do you want to say,’ why ‘is it worth it,’ and ‘she’s the kind of girl you said asked for it?’ The intention is to start conversations about hard topics, especially if you feel you’re alone. “If I’m willing to put myself out there, and that helps create a space for people to share, then I’ve done my job.” This she says referring to as her ever-growing “Miss Frizz” (Teacher from The Magic School Bus) inspired persona.
Last Will takes us through a collection of 10 songs kicking off with title track. A dramatic introduction to the album and it sets the stage in an somewhat ominous ELO vocal chorus and fuzzy 8 String Bass. Establishing a theme of leading the audience into the album from the bass players perspective, which is how Whitmore fronts her band, The Sad Girls. Crediting both Carol Kay and Kim Deal as direct musical influence, but also sharing about her ‘bass guru’ friend George Reiff, who was the inspiration to the song “George’s Lullaby” at the records conclusion. “The loss of him finally brought me to sit and write with my bass, something that stupidly had never occurred to me before” and thus created a new way to approach her writing and preforming.
There’s a lot of big ideas both lyrically and sonically to Last Will. Each song like a fresh canvas. Going between gospel inspired groove on “None of My Business” to a titillating Ozzy rock flair on “Asked For It.” The melodies mixed with thought provoking lyrics that are usually only found in Folk and Punk songs. “I’m don’t restrict any of my songs, but allow them to become whatever they want regardless of genre or style.” Thus creating an undeniably original sound and an album worth repeating.