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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
Little Music
Kindercore Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
People have presented me with Dressy Bessy before, but I was never interested enough in what I heard to sit down with an entire album, let alone to go out and buy one. Yet I keep on hearing good things about them, so when I got Little Music in the mail I figured this would be my chance to tell for sure if I would ever listen to a Dressy Bessy record again. Right now my guess is no.

It's not that Little Music is a bad album, because it's seriously not. It's just that most of this ultra-cutesy bubblegum indie-pop leaves me feeling incredibly uncomfortable. I can take a bit of it, but after a while it goes overboard and I'm lost in a crazy delirium with Care Bears and pink bubblegum and kittens and one too many smiling faces. I'm not used to this ultra-niceness; people where I come from will knock down an old lady to get a seat on the subway. My friends throw dead babies at those indie-rock boys and girls who hold hands when they skip down the street, those kids who have tea get-togethers and alcohol-free dance parties la another coming of Calvin Johnson.

So, yeah, cutesy isn't really my thing. I know there are tons of boys and girls who live for this 60's girl group sort of feel with an indie rock twist (just ask your average college rock DJ), but I'm just not one of them. I'll tell you this, though: for a collection of material from past compilations, 7" vinyl, demos, EPs, and export only releases, Little Music does reveal a significant maturity most bands' early material rarely shows. When it comes down to it, Tammy Ealom and her friends in Dressy Bessy make some catchy pop music that is often well-written, and compared to most bubblegum pop bands, isn't bad at all. I've even found myself bobbing my head to it every so often. Be forewarned, however: too much of it can do crazy things to your head unless you can really enjoy this sort of thing.

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

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