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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Dressy Bessy
Sound Go Round
Kindercore Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The bad thing about sugary sweet pop songs is that, in excess, they generally leave me with a toothache. Much in the way a junk food binge can leave one unable to discern a Snickers bar from a Ferrero-Rocher bon-bon, too much of the ooey-gooey goodness of indie-pop can numb one's musical senses. For those wary of the same old sunny-day doot-doo pop, Denver's Dressy Bessy offer up a much needed alternative, crafting criminally infectious fuzzed out indie rock with the smartness of the Juliana Hatfield Three.

Spawned from the highly touted Elephant 6 collective that has given birth to heavyweights such as Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power and Of Montreal, Dressy Bessy is fronted by charismatic guitarist/vocalist Tammy Ealom. Ealom's beautiful vocals, especially when backed by the warm, fuzzy guitar of John Hill, are highly reminiscent of Veruca Salt's Louise Post, especially on tracks like "I Saw Cinnamon." Hill is of course best known for his work in the acclaimed outfit the Apples In Stereo, Dressy Bessy's brethren from the Mile High city whose influence isn't nearly as evident as that of Kim Deal and the Breeders.

Sound Go Round is sweet, but its not unbearably bad for your soul. It has gusto and gaiety, but it also has grit and a warm immediacy to it that quickly charms you into submission. It really does remind me of a whole aesthetic, that of Veruca Salt crossed with Beulah, and a hint of The Ladybug Transistor maybe. Just a dash though, not too much.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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