Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dum Dum Girls - Too True (2014)

You need about five seconds of listening to the first track off of the Dum Dum Girls album Too True ("Cult of Love") to recognize that this is going to be a damn fine listening experience.

It's easy, breezy, smart, and complicated alt pop with dance elements and a bit of 80s nostalgia. Think great pop elements without being cliché or trite. Sounds a little like Northern State mashed up with Kill Hannah. Or maybe Eve's Plumb. Throwing Muses? Whatever. They sound good.

The band is really a two person project:  Dee Dee writes all the songs, and is credited with vocals, guitars and bass; Sune Rose Wagner handles the drums, synth programming, and additional guitar and bass. It's pretty amazing that such a disparate layered sound could come from two individuals.

But back to the songs. The second track, "Evil Blooms," is great. The third track, "Rimbaud Eyes," is great. The fourth track, "Are You Okay?" is... well, it's only okay. But the fifth track, "Too True to Be Good," is great. The sixth track, "In the Wake of You," is great.  And so is "Little Minx" and "Trouble is My Name." I'm not as huge a fan of "Lost Boys and Girls Club," but they did choose it as a single, which means (based on past experience) others will think it's the best song on the album, and I will think it's just okay.

Dum Dum Girls - "Rimbaud Eyes"

Overall, this is simply a fantastic, fun album. What a pleasant, enjoyable listen.

CD Placement Rating: Car iPod.

- Snilch

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