“Saturday Night Girl”/”Paper & Pencil” 7″
Smooth and loungey, Wilson’s piano-driven songs of love stop short of being jazzy but definitely fit into the Inara George/Becky Stark world of torch songs by women with lovely voices. The B side is a sad breakup song about figuring out how to halve one’s life at the end of a relationship, with the most mournful flute I may have ever heard. But “Saturday Night Girl” is pop perfection, spinning a very classy Dionne Warwick vibe around the excitement of going with a guy up to a room and doing what man and woman do. Wilson’s vocal delivery is sexy, but the song isn’t lustful–this is a joyous song with trumpets like beams of sunlight coming in the bedroom window. And in the afterglow, when she tells her paramour that he takes it “one step further than the other guys do,” you’re not sure whether she’s talking about about love, or some novelty from the Pleasure Chest–and my guess is a bit of both.
-D. M. Collins