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Rosa Chance Well
Self-titled
Kimchee Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This isn't too bad. Again, this type of music really isn't my thing, but I can deal with this. Far more tasteful and well-written than label-mate Heidi Sapperstein, Rosa Chance Well sounds remarkably similar to Liz Phair and/or Suzanne Vega. I'm sure had this band existed a decade ago, they would have enjoyed a similar level of success. I can't really say anything too terribly good about Rosa Chance Well, because I really don't think they're doing anything that hasn't already been done before. They're good at what they do, though, and they make some good, solid slacker-girl pop. I call it "slacker" because the vocalist has that same dry, half-assed, just-woke-up-and-really-don't-feel-like-singing vocal style made popular in 90s by Vega and the hipster ice-queen of sarcasm-land herself, the divine Miss Phair. If I seem a bit harsh on Phair, it's only because I used to live in a house with four girls, and was thus subjected to downright inhumane doses of Phair's so-called "wit". Fortunately, Rosa Chance Well manages to capture the slacker spirit of Phair's most bearable work while leaving behind the "I'm so witty" smugness.

Reviewed by Dheeru Pennepalli
A former contributing writer for LAS, Dheeru Pennepalli currently lives in Chicago where he performs music with one of the Matts from Re:Rec in a new duo called A Light Sleeper. One upon a time he was in a band called the Bargos Steeler and wrote songs with multiple titles, such as \"Poof! I Am Now a Firetruck\" or \"2 Robots To Do the Work of 3 Robots\".

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