My Adoration of Ida Maria

I first heard of Ida Maria while I was pouring over the Lollapalooza 2009. I was talking with a friend as we were planning out our days, and he idly recommended that I check her out because I am “into that whole female singer-songwriter thing.” Which is totally true. I don’t even remember who else was playing in that slot, but I decided to check her out.

Soaking west and ripping that fabulous dress onstage to reveal a hot pink bra - we're kindred spirits

And she blew my mind. She went from crooning to growling to shrieking to stripping to rolling on the stage in a heart-achingly beautiful performance. Her rendition of The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” proved that while she may technically be a female “singer-songwriter” she is more aptly described as “rock n’ roll star.” She ripped her gold dress open and forced the crowd to join her dance party. Her energy was infectious, and no one could help being drawn into her sultry yet playful show. I found myself jumping along to “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” even though it was the first time I had ever heard the song.

I immediately went home and bought her album – Fortress ‘Round My Heart. It’s one of the few perfect albums in my opinion. I wouldn’t change a thing. I have listened to it OVER AND OVER since then. And it gets me every single time. Her voice is just incredible, and her songwriting feels like she took my feelings out of my body and started singing them.

This song made it on to my “Theme Songs” playlist:

Whiskey please, I need some whiskey please
So bring me consciousness and kill my innocence

Her next album Katla, didn’t quite hit me in the same raw emotional way, but it’s still a fucking good album. “I Eat Boys Like You For Breakfast” is a tasty treat, and the single “Bad Karma” should prove to be a rock n’ roll anthem for years to come. At least it will be in my speakers.

It’s true, I am a sucker for bad-ass lady rockstars. But Ida Maria is one of the most bad-ass of the bad-ass lady rockstars. I hope to see her perform again soon. And maybe run away with her for a life of fun and adventure in Scandinavia…

Posted on: November 22, 2011Lauren Kiley