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Our House On The Hill by The Babies
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 09 November 2012

Although most likely consisting of the sweepings off the floor of the ‘Tracker’ bar factory, a Sainsbury’s basics ‘Chocolate Chip and Raisin Bar’ does the job in a reasonably effective manner without any fuss or fanfare. A little dry perhaps but otherwise fine. The same could be said of this album by The Babies. First of all I must point out that these are not babies, that would just be ridiculous. They are grown adults, one of whom plays in the excellent musical group Woods, the other in the similarly good group Vivian Girls. Together they do a very clever thing. They make stylish, tuneful strummy indie pop that recalls off the ones you like from The Feelies to Sebadoh to The Chills to The Velvet Underground to Real Estate to...oh you know.

The songs are short, sharp jangly blasts that way exceed any expectations I had. Sometimes the boy sings, sometimes it’s the girl, sometimes they are both together. Tunes like ‘Get Lost’ exemplify their approach, casually tuneful in the way that a lot of side projects are, the songs aren’t over thought or overworked. It’s just like they’ve written the tune, gone straight into the studio and hey presto another pop nugget is born. A breezy, tuneful honest to goodness guitar pop album that begs only one question in my mind:- what on earth was I doing when they played York recently? Why wasn’t I there? Answers on a postcard please.


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