The Tampa Tribune
Michele Ari has relocated to Nashville, but Tampa area fans remember her as a vital part of the scene when she lived here. Compared with her 2005 EP, 85th and Nowhere, mal a'propos shows significant growth - tighter songwriting, more adventurous arrangements and stronger vocals.
Opener 6 AM concerns the bad-for-you lovers you can't seem to let go of. Boxes shows off some punky anger and energy, and Transatlantic Love Affair and Atom Bombs draw inspiration from Ari's ties with London.
Mal a' propos defies the girl-with-acoustic-guitar image while capturing some of the spirit of Ari's live performances.