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Good, but ...,
This review is from: No Wow [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
OK, so I don't listen to the radio or watch music tv anymore, so I took a chance on this record on the strength of a short review read quickly in a free paper. Particularly the likeness the review drew with The Velvet Underground.
And I was impressed ! The tired Velvet Underground reference though is misleading, and probably refers to the bands black clothing, and the guitarists remarkable likeness to Lou Reed. Think Jesus and Marychain without guitar feedback, and Spaceman 3 without repeated looping and overlaid riffs, and you get something close to The Kills ... Pared back and insubstantial melodies delivered with energy and style sufficient to make something you can murmur along with.
The songs are simple ... guitars direct ... drum machine put to inspired use. Good, but ... the female voice is tiresome ! The similarity with PJ Harvey is too close, and combined with the songs played with dampened chords (an early trademark of Polly Jeans' playing style !), I'm too distracted to take the music on it's own terms.
50% of this record can make the hair stand up on the back of my neck, and my heart beat faster ... but most of that is when the guy's voice can be heard, or no-one is singing.
Despite that ... highly recommended ! I'm confident it'll grow on me.