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9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 14th October 2014
Firmly rooted in late seventies North American pop-punk-rock, Mary Timony’s new band, Ex Hex, have given us an album to jump around and sing-a-long to. An instant and instantly essential record that knocks Wild Flag, an album I love by the way, into a cocked hat. She’s always showed her ability to write a melody but with this, it’s pedal-to-the-metal, 100% fun.
“Don’t Wanna Lose” is a fitting opener, sounding like Thee Oh Sees on a pop trip. “Beast” keeps the pace going, like a tighter, more punky “I Can’t Stand It” by The Velvet Underground. “How You Got That Girl” recalls the Cars in their “Just What I Needed” Pomp and heads up a high-class triumvirate with “Waterfall” showing the influence of The Buzzcocks and “Hot And Cold” which has a little bit of 60s girl group about it.
It is a real melting pop of everything good about late 70s guitar pop. New Kid even sounds a little bit like Kiss. This is an album most definitely worth buying.
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