A series of short reviews (Feat. Dum Dum Girls, Broken Bells, Bright eyes)

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Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be

Dum Dum Girl’s are a the kind of band whose demos you fall in love with, they feel like there’s so much pop loving, lo-fi humping potential that -you hope- their debut album will flesh out on ideas layed down by demos, mix things better and really bring out the shine in already great songs. Sadly this isn’t quite the case, the cool lo-fi trick is repeated too often for the album with trendily shit mixing and vocals often too washed out to appreciate. Songs like “Rest Of Our Lives” come off beautifully and push all the right buttons alongside uniformly tip top chorus’ but the self¬†consciously¬†throwaway aesthetic offers little for listeners to come back to.

Listen to:

Rest Of Our Lives

Blank Girl

Yours Alone

5/10

Broken Bells – Broken Bells

Broken Bell’s is a mixture of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (Lead singer of The Shins), together they’ve made this debut album, its all very Danger Mouse-ish but on the whole, enjoyable. Clearly the song writing on show is impressive and the duo make a reasonably formidable force, creating assured songs left, right and center. Sadly though it often falls on the wrong side of gimmicky, sounds and instruments seem chosen just for the sake of it and in that reason there’s a disconnect between the listener that I’m not insanely sure they meant. It’s a summer album for sure and while there’s not anything WRONG with it, you’ll often be left with the feeling somethings missing.

Listen to:

The High Road

The Ghost Inside

Citizen

Mongrel Heart

7/10

Bright Eyes & Neva Dinova – One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels

Originally released way back in the heady days of 2004 “One Jug..” Was a collaborative effort between the Saddle Creek bedfellows Bright Eyes & Neva Dinova, presumably to drum up excitement for the last ever Bright Eyes album due at some point in the future the album has been re-released featuring 4 freshly recorded tracks. 2 from Bright Eyes and the other two from Neva Dinova, now, my love for Bright Eyes is well documented and the fresh tracks from here are helpful reminders of why I do, Dinova’s contributions “Rollerskating” and “Someones love” are both perfectly crafted and unusually somber/catchy (simultaneously, sometimes) whilst Bright Eyes efforts with “Happy Accident” and “I Know You” fit in the midpoint between “Cassadaga” and “I’m Wide Awake..” and are both very solid, despite being slightly trumped by Neva “One Jug…” remains not critical listening but a deeper cut for completest fans.

Listen to:

Someones Love

I know you.

7/10

Alec