Cherry Glazerr’s debut album, Apocalipstick, was a success and consequently the band have spent most of the time since its release touring. They have found themselves sharing bills with Pixies, Flaming Lips, The Breeders and Slowdive, to name but a few. Whilst their music has at some point clearly been influenced by these bands, we can hope their second album. Stuffed & Ready, which was recorded mid-tour, is strengthened even more by seeing these bands at close quarters.
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Like a lot of music released these days Cherry Glazerr are ok but will we still be talking about them in twenty years time? Probably not. This is their third album of LA grunge pop which owes much to the likes of L7 and Veruca Salt. It's compressed to the max with enormous choruses such as the one on Wasted Nun which is a stadium defying thing that will give a small thrill in the ear of any fan of noisy pop. On 'Daddi' they try some slight R&B stylings and actually don't embarrass themselves entirely because crucially they keep enough of their own sound in the mix.
There's enough interesting songwriting to avoid this just becoming bluster and though they lack the spindly weirdness of, say, the Breeders there are at least attempts to do something different. That's Not My Real Life in fact pretty much derails itself by going through enough different sections to feed a family of four for a month but when it does stay on brand it's neatly complex power pop.
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