Monday, May 10, 2010

Dum Dum Girls have a sensitive side

Artist:Dum Dum Girls
Title: I Will Be
Label: Sub-Pop/HoZac records
Release date: March 2010

Fuzzed-out garage-punk queen Dee Dee and the The Dum Dum Girls show their sensitive side with their debut LP, which was co-released earlier this year by HoZac and Sub-Pop records.

Early songs like “Catholicked” offered a haunting and dreary yet beautiful vibe that set Dum Dum Girls apart from comparable groups like Brilliant Colors. Since then, the band has shown a penchant for ‘60’s inspired pop gems like “Jail La La” and “Brite Futures”.

Would most of the songs on the first Dum Dum Girls full-length be chilling like cuts from the now classic Captured Tracks 12” or poppy like Sub-Pop single “Jail La La”, which appears on the album?

The answer, aside from the dreary goodness of “Bhang Bhang I’m a Burnout” and Dee Dee singing beautifully in German on “Oh Mein Me”, is none of the above, as our favorite modern songstress has gotten all sweet on us. So sweet and sentimental that her husband makes a guest appearance and the picture on the cover is a picture of her mother.

“Rest of Our Lives” is a excellently-written mellow love song that would make Burt Bacharach proud. This song is when you will figure out that “Jesus dies for somebody’s sins, but not mine” has given way to “Your eyes consume me”. It might be the best Dum Dum Girls song to date, and that’s saying something.

The saccharine overdose continues with “Blank Girl”, a duet between Dee Dee and her husband, which I loved after the second listen. What killed the first listen was I thought her husband was saying, “It’s so sweet to see you naked” instead of “It’s so sweet to see you make it.” I should have known the lyrics could not get that bad with this band.

A couple of upbeat songs in “Yours Alone” and the title track are about falling in love, while “It Only Takes One Night” and “Everybody’s Out” is about the fear of losing the person you love.

The band gave its own twist to a trio of covers on their Blissed Out cassette, including a Black Tambourine cover that still gets lots of plays at 7 Inch Atlanta Headquarters. The cover de jure on this release is “Baby Don’t Go”, which totally got the hauntingly beautiful treatment that makes the line “I never had a mother, I hardly knew my dad” sound so much more depressing.

It’s early to be arguing this, but I would be surprised if anything comes out between now and December that will keep the album of the year race from coming down to this and Happy Birthday’s debut long-player.

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