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12" EP on Jewel City.
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CD EP on Jewel City.
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Bethany Cosentino and co are back this week with this seven-song mini-album on their own Jewel City label, with their sound expanded from the dreamy bedroom rock’n’roll of their solid debut to a thicker and more polished big budget sound with chunky rock guitars and big booming drums and vocals high in the mix.
It’s an effective ‘90sish collection of soaring Californian rock anthems but lacks much of the subtlety and charm of the early recordings; it comes across like a more bubblegum Tracy Bonham in the better moments, but with the clunkily written and overly present vocals it strays worryingly into compressed Lavignesque stadium pop syrup a little too much for my tastes. It’s stadium indie for people who sing along to CDs in their cars.
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