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Bald Rapunzel
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Dischord Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This album is so good it makes my head hurt. I have gotten so many bad bad bad records to review that I struggled to try to say anything good about and then what do you know, something like this comes to me and makes me feel blessed to be reviewing records at all. First off, its Dischord. how can you really go wrong with that? But lets not go overboard.

I have had a pain in my heart too, for the over-population of white boy music. Where have all the females been? Bald Rapunzel come out and gifts us with the talents of not one but two startling women: Bonnie Schlegel on guitar and vocals and Kathy Otto on drums. I love female drummers, oh my god. But that's another story. and let me tell you something about Bonnie Schlegel, she is proof that you don't have to be the most amazing polished perfect singer to deliver awesome, heartful, powerful, soulful vocals. Her voice is way mature and full. I find that to be good. Too much squeaky little girl voices get trying.

So not only is Bald Rapunzel all about some of the "bestest vocalage," but they rock. The music sounds familiar in a lot of ways. Sometimes I like to try to pretend that its a little Sunny Day Real Estate, but that's only sometimes. There are melodies, tough guitars, sweet soft spots and Lifetime-esque endings. And don't let me leave out the gentlemen. Bassist Mike Hitt and guitarist Andrew Leo Douchette are also responsible for the musical power of the band. I, of course, need to mention that.

Overall, the music and the vocals play along very well together. So just to kind of wrap it up, the third song makes me crazy with excitement over the goodness of it. It is called "Salute To Nova Scotia" and the song itself is worth the price of the entire album. I really feel the Bald Rapunzel rocks it and you all had better recognize.

Reviewed by Kiki


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