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Offbeat and quirky female singers

L. Smith
The list author says: "I really love quirky lyrics and atypical vocals but have had difficulty finding artists with this style since there is no real name for it. Some are considered pop, others folk or anti-folk, some alt-rock, and others bluegrass. My personal favorite is a phrase a reporter once used to describe Lily Allen's music, likening it to "candy with razorblades." Whatever term you prefer, if you're ready to branch out from the usual offbeat female artists (Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette, Fiona Apple), here are some of my favorites. They're sarcastic, they're sincere, they're upbeat, they're dark, and they'll always elicit a reaction.

Warning: Many of these singers use profanity in their music."
It's Not Me It's You
It's Not Me It's You
"Lily Allen is the queen of sharp-tongued songstresses (in the pop realm at least).  Her debut (Alright, Still) has a more upbeat, ska sound, but her biting wit is apparent on both albums."
Made Of Bricks
Made Of Bricks
"I wish more people knew about Kate Nash.  She and Lily Allen have many similarities with their upbeat melodies and sharp lyrics.  Check out "Foundations," "Pumpkin Soup," or "Merry Happy" and you'll know immediately if you like her."
Batten the Hatches
Batten the Hatches
"A friend introduced me to her single off this album and I have liked Jenny ever since.  Her vocals are often soft and unassuming but the lyrics are not.  She's a perfect example of deadpan humor."
One of the Boys
One of the Boys
"I came across Perry just as she was starting to climb the charts and loved her.  This album isn't quite on par with Lily Allen and Kate Nash, but her voice is great and the lyrics can be both humorous and serious."
Kismet
Kismet
"More people need to know about Jesca Hoop.  Tom Waits said that her music was "like going swimming in a lake at night."  I'd say it's a cross between that and walking through the woods at sunset.  I prefer the acoustic versions of some of her songs, which are available on her MySpace, but the album versions are just as good."
Caught in the Crowd
Caught in the Crowd
"Kate's out of Australia, so ignore the import CDs and check out her MP3 page.  She's got a very interesting range.  I was introduced to her through the song "Are You [expletive] Kidding Me," which is a tribute to reuniting with exes over Facebook."
Middle Cyclone
Middle Cyclone
"I'd been eyeing Neko Case's album for months before I finally bought it.  Very unique sound.  It has an echo quality to it, so it feels like you're in a wide open space when you hear it.  There's a sad feeling to her voice, too, though, so it's not for everyone."
Lenka
Lenka
"I love Lenka.  Her lyrics aren't exactly sharp like the others.  They're more like a wide eyed child, perhaps a little wise beyond her years."
Game
Game
"Alison Breitman's music is virtually unknown, which is a shame because it's very good.  If you like coffee house music, old folk, or just piano paired with drums, check her out.  She's like a softer version of Sara Barelleis.  My favorite song, "You and I," is unfortunately not available for purchase because she hasn't put out a follow-up album yet."
Lungs
Lungs
"Florence is AMAZING.  If you only look at one album on this list, look at this one.  A powerful voice combined with great lyrics has led to a lot of buzz about her debut.  Just don't watch her videos first.  I almost passed her up because I was too distracted by the video's style."
Meiko
Meiko
"Meiko has a very young and slightly sarcastic sound to her.  Her music is a lot like sitting in a dim room on a lazy afternoon with the sun slanting in through the window."
Scary Fragile
Scary Fragile
"More pop/alt-rock than the others.  Saw her live once and she was great.  Check out "I Found Out" or "They Say You Grow.""
Love, Save the Empty
Love, Save the Empty
"This woman deserves so much more attention than she receives.  Saw her live also and she is amazing.  The album doesn't showcase her singing quite as well but is still a very good listen.  It's pop but with strong emotion behind it."
Natalia Lafourcade
Natalia Lafourcade
"Natalia sings only in Spanish but she's entertaining whether you speak the language or not.  She has a very '90s pop sound to her and some people call her the Mexican Lily Allen.  Check out "Busca un Problema," "El Pato," or "Ella Es Bonita.""
L'Autre Bout Du Monde
L'Autre Bout Du Monde
"I saw Emily Loizeau on YouTube and have found that it's nearly impossible to get any of her music in the states.  She's from France but sings in both English and French.  With or without a translation, you can feel the sting in her lyrics.  Her sound is a lot like walking on the beach on a gray morning.  Check out "Jalouse.""
Taller Children
Taller Children
"I haven't heard much of their music, but I recommend the songs "Momma's Boy" and "Taller Children."  Nice alt-pop sound a la Sara Bareilles."
The Reminder
The Reminder
"You've probably heard of Feist, but you might be like I was when I first heard "1234" - not too impressed.  If that's the case, try listening to the rest of the album or "Mushaboom" from her previous album.  I went from detesting her to playing this album non-stop for weeks after hearing only two songs."
Melankton
Melankton
"I'm the Feist fan while my friend is the Kate Havnevik fan.  Her music is just a little too echo-y for my tastes.  If you like Sia, you may like her."
The Bird & The Bee
The Bird & The Bee
"This is actually a male-female duo.  I don't know what I'd call them.  They're a little like relaxed electronica.  Moby-ish but less dance, more chill and of course a sharp tongue."
The Shuffleboard Queens
The Shuffleboard Queens
"Deirdre Flint's been around for a while.  I haven't heard much of her music, but she's got a great stand-up quality to it.  There's a lot of self-deprecating humor."
Finally Woken
Finally Woken
"You probably know more Jem songs than you even realize."
Autumn Fallin
Autumn Fallin
"I haven't listened to Jaymay much lately, but she has a nice folk-pop sound.  Her songs feel very light and floaty, even when they're a little sad.  I always liked "Gray or Blue.""
Far
Far
"I know you've heard of Regina Spektor, but if you weren't such a big fan of "Begin to Hope," check out her new album.  I tend to just put "Dance Anthem of the '80s" and "Eet" on loop because the songs are so infectious."
Milk-Eyed Mender
Milk-Eyed Mender
"Of course, no list of quirky singers would be complete without Joanna Newsom.  With her harp and other tinkling instruments, nasally and child-like vocals, and sharp and strange lyrics, Joanna's music is not for everyone.  I enjoy her work because of the brazen but innocent quality her voice has."