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Beauty Pill
The Cigarette Girl From the Future EP
Dischord Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I really have no idea how to begin this review. I did have a review for it already, at one point, but just wasn't very happy with it. So here I am, again, trudging over this release attempting to wrap up the essence of this release for you, the beleaguered reader - frustrated by my inability to do so, and my rambling to skirt around actually having to get to the review portion of this review. So, without further adieu, here it is, the review:

Beauty Pill is Chad Clark and Abram Goodrich of the now-departed D.C. quintet Smart Went Crazy, with the addition of Joann Gholl, and Most Secret Method's Ryan Nelson joining later as the group found a need for a live drummer. I've never heard Smart Went Crazy, though their press release says that they never really strayed too far from sounding like "I am the Walrus". And I can see the influence of that delicious Beatles classic here, among the melodies and refrains that comprise this release.

Concerning Beauty Pill, it seems sometimes as though they're reaching for that Rushmore-ish nostalgia that bands like the Clientele seem to achieve, yet while still attempting to avoid it by keeping firmly indie and now. And I guess they pull it off alright.


While the music overall on The Cigarette Girl From the Future is interesting in its eclecticism, pleasant enough in its dreaminess and indie pop roots, and dare I say strong melody (sometimes), the lyrics and vocals weaken the CD some. The lyrics seem like they get too bogged down in trying to be something more than song lyrics. Which is fine, if it works. But their wordiness often loses what would have otherwise made them extremely strong. And sometimes the vocal melody tends to stray from the music because of its wordiness.

But all in all, if this is any indication as to their future direction, I look forward to hearing more from them. Just tweaked. Maybe then I'll be able to come up with more to say about these guys - they deserve it.

Reviewed by David Miller

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