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Animal Life
Kimchee Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
After a couple of appearances on compilations, two seven inches and an EP, 27 has released their first full-length, a languorous release defying any preconceived notion you'd have about a band from Boston, two thirds of which consists of an ex-member of the noise-rock band Dirt Merchants (who inked a deal with Sony/Epic) and an ex-member of the heavy-noise band Spore (Taang!).

The music is simple pop that is done well enough to demonstrate a relative complexity. Animal Life is filled with atmospherics and guitars ranging from folky to fuzzy, but what makes the music shine is Maria Christopher's vocals. They are quiet and powerful at the same time, like an old prophet in Greek literature, only contributing at the right moment, never overstepping her bounds, and always making an important impact.

The simple yet powerful dynamics paired with Christopher's soft, wistful vocals makes for a dreamy and beautiful experience, as found on "Undone" and "9 Mile Burn," yet 27 is definitely at its best and most tenacious when things get a little more upbeat in the beginning of Animal Life, with songs like "Trouble Heart," where drums are included, guitars are more twangy and Christopher's vocals are a bit more forceful and gritty.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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