As fetching as Dum Dum Girls’ reverb-soaked retro noise pop can be, it’s hard not to admit that the all-female four-piece doesn’t exactly trade in innovative or ambitious music. Yet that’s what’s appealing about the Girls, after all, as they give fans of ‘60s-by-way-of-the-‘80s indie fuzz the precise hazy/hooky sonic fix they are looking for. Such wanton unoriginality is usually forgivable if the songs pack enough melodic charms (as they did on last year’s Sub Pop full-length I Will Be), and singer Dee Dee Penny certainly has better pipes than many of her like-minded peers. Unfortunately, here Dum Dum Girls make the fatal mistake of covering the Smiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”, which even in this (ahem) dumbed-down strum-along rendition overshadows the original material by virtue of being a far more accomplished composition. In comparison, the repetitive vocal phrasings and routine chord changes of this disc’s three self-penned tunes just don’t cut it. No matter how sweet blink-or-you’ll-miss-‘em offerings “Wrong Feels Right” and the title track are at points (especially during the pre-choruses), He Gets Me High ultimately proves to be empty calories.
// Sound Affects
"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article