Acclaimed singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson is readying a new album for release in 2019 entitled, ‘If You Can’t Say Anything Nice Don’t Say Anything At All.’ The collection was recorded this winter at Restoration Sound in Brooklyn, NY and was largely inspired by John Lennon’s ‘Plastic Ono Band.’ “I listened to nothing but this album for an entire month and it made me fall in love with music again.” says Leslie. Where her previous work more closely dealt with matters of the heart, this time around Leslie and her longtime writing partner Steve McEwan examine the anxiety stemming from the current social climate with songs like “Medication,” “I Need Something To Care About” and “Would You Give Up Your Gun.”

‘If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…’ follows up Leslie’s 2017 album ‘Love & Murder.’ Glide Magazine declared it, “one of the best records of the year,” while All Music called it a “poignant return” since it had been eight years since her Grammy Award-nominated debut album, ‘Swan Feathers.’ ‘Love & Murder’ featured a duet with The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir on the Roy Orbison classic, “Blue Bayou,” as well as haunting originals like “Jericho” and “Chasing The Thrill,” and led to two US tours opening for Roger Daltrey. Leslie was also asked to write and record a duet with Jackson Browne for a documentary due out later this year.

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© 2017 Mary Ellen Matthews

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