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Dum Dum Girls, eh? Can someone please explain to me the appeal of the Dum Dum Girls? They're on Sub Pop, often a good label, and they've been plugging away at it for years but they're yet to put out anything that appeals to me. If you're wondering why I've ended up with this record to review then a cursory look at the post-it notes left by other Normanites who've heard it before me show this problem to be commonplace. "Largely lazy insipid bobbins but slightly redeemed by 3-4 pretty nice tracks", ponders Brian. Clint is more economical with his words: "Terrible."
I'm listening to it now. There's a drum machine throughout all the songs with a really cavernous snare sound, think mid-'80s Billy Idol or 'Real Wild One' by Iggy Pop, or more recently Jennifer Herrema's Black Bananas, but instead of gloriously over-the-top power rock there's some reverby guitar and synths making a wispy, almost gothic concoction. After the rather good new Hospitality LP I just reviewed it's all rather lacking in ideas and hooks. There's autotune on lots of the vocals but it seems like it was used as an "autocorrect" feature rather than for effect. I don't really like it either basically, sorry.
7/10 Paul Customer review, 21st February 2014
Very reminiscent of 80s pop acts such as The Bangles but with a new wave edge to it which ventures into Blondie territory. Contemporary comparisons include Pure Bathing Culture. The songs are catchy with Rimbaud Eyes my pick of the bunch. The elegant Trouble Is My Name varies the pace. So immediate are the hooks here however that I wonder about the longevity of it. Will I go back to Too True in a week, a month's time? I suppose at least it sounds dated from the get go! Available from Norman Records on coloured vinyl, and bundled with a very nice 7" of Rimbaud Eyes.
6/10 Rob Gannon Customer review, 24th January 2014
"And it’s certainly got a swagger, the girls’ trademark garage-pop embracing the commercial end of the 80s Goth-rock movement this time around."
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