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6/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 May 2010
Oh the good old TVP's. I wonder what happened with the Domino deal? Anyway for their new album they are on Rocket Girl. Dan Treacy has become even more of a cult figure over the past few years with that MGMT song and lots of bands citing them as an influence (The Pains of Pure at Heart et al). This new album pretty much follows the pattern of most TVP albums in being a mixture of the sublime and the shambolic. 'She's My Yoko' is a particular standout with its aptly Beatle-esque melodies whereas on the brilliantly titled 'Funny He Never Married' Treacy sounds somewhat like Orville the Duck. As the years go by Dan Treacy could be seen as a UK version of Daniel Johnston, a troubled man barely able to sing in tune but with a catalogue of songs that sometimes hit the mark despite the ongoing chaos that surrounds them. For the uninitiated its shambolic lo-fi indie pop with eccentric arrangements and occasional bursts of pure melody yet contains some songs that are so bad its scarcely believable. For long term fans: its more of the same - you'll probably love it.
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