Singer-songwriter Laura Pergolizzi, who bills herself simply as LP, has made a career of penning songs for pop stars like Rihanna, Cher and the Backstreet Boys.
Nevertheless, Pergolizzi herself is a powerful rock singer, and she stays true to that on her new release “Lost on You,” following in the tradition of the likes of Chrissie Hynde, Chrissy Amphlett, Johnette Napolitano and Linda Perry. (Worth noting: LP gets rather meta with her influences, as when she takes on a Shakira tone one minute, and then song-checks the Colombian singer the next.)
Like many earnest songwriters hellbent on love, Pergolizzi jams her fist in her chest and yanks out her heart on almost every song, making “Lost on You” intermittently overwhelming. But her raspy voice, intensely belted, maintains attention, and her signature whistling, ukulele and wails add a full-bodied distinction to her performances.