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Seana Carmody
Struts & Shocks
Kimchee Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Struts & Shocks is Seana Carmody's latest release. On the album, Carmody, former vocalist for the experimental noise-pop band the Swirlies and founder of synth pop band Syrup USA, has managed to write a few solid songs, but aside from those most of Struts & Shocks is forgettable. The good songs on the album comprise about 15% of the ten-song release, while the remaining 85% consists of music that would fit better in the "horrible" category.

The obvious choice for the best track on Struts & Shocks is "Tailgate," the album's third track. My discovery of the song was a bit delayed, as on my first few listens I kept on turning the volume on my stereo down so low that by the time I got to "Tailgate" I never actually got to hear it. When I did, I noticed that Seana sounds kind of like a cross between Liz Phair and Jucifer's Amber Valentine, without Ed Livengood's crazy drumming support and Valentine's own bass-heavy guitar.

Pretty much everything else on Struts & Shocks has a lot less spunk, mostly drifty dream-pop that gets boring and repetitive, like the song that follows "Tailgate," "Sidewalk," the song following that, "I Can Troll," and so on, until Carmody's vocals start to sound monotonous.

If you don't mind 15% good listening, you might want to pick this one up. If you're not into music that can get boring and repetitive as hell, I'd steer clear.

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

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