7" £5.99 GBVI17
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The first 7” from the new GBV album, Doughnut For A Snowman, served only to dampen my enthusiasm for the new LP, with its annoying whistling line and four B-sides, every one of them bad. Then I heard the album and actually the single didn't sound so bad in context, but there were certainly better songs they could've chosen. One of those is Chocolate Boy, out now on a chocolate-brown 7”, it's a mid-paced plodder with vocal harmonies and jangly guitars that sounds like vintage GBV. Like many songs on their new 21-song album, it's over almost as soon as it begins. On the flip there's a track called 'As The Girls Sing Downing' which is penned by guitarist Tobin Sprout. It's a really nice song too, actually, with a subtle high-gain guitar lead in the chorus that makes everything sound quite uplifting in a nostalgic early '90s way. This is much more like it.
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