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The Parson Red Heads
King Giraffe

Rating: 6.9/10 ?

May 3, 2007
King Giraffe is a decidedly summer album. The Parson Red Heads, a band comprised of a husband, a wife, a sister and an assortment of various musicians, take the notion of "friends are family" in the most musical sense, and for the most part, it pays off. The tracks on this record are feel-good pop songs, and by listening to them, one gets the idea that The Parsons spend a great deal of their time enjoying days at the beach with some 60's flavor. The bounciness of this album can get to be a little much but, luckily, it's not all that sickeningly sweet.

The harmonies are quite possibly the strongest factor of the Red Heads' music, especially those at the beginnings of "Punctual As Usual," "Full Moon," and the album's sleepy closer "Ball and Chain," the latter of which are more simple boy-girl harmonies and a more interesting contrast to the four part harmonies that the Parsons often employ. But despite the strength of these vocal arrangements, the lyrics are often cheesy and cliché (like "When are you going to get your head checked?" from the track "Full Moon"), distractions from a lot of the band's more developed musical abilities.

As a musical group, it seems as though the Parsons have some growing up to do. The hooks and melodies of King Giraffeare catchy, especially on the lead single "Punctual As Usual" and the punchy bass lined "Mossback," but although they may seem interesting initially the songs rarely show any staying power. But maybe that's okay; while a few songs on this debut LP do sound like they could be schilling for an assortment of beachfront properties, the potential is most definitely there. The lyrics could use a little work, but the music is ready and willing to entertain the boys and girls of any California summer.

Reviewed by Jennifer Sanchez
A contributing writer based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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