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Marshmallow Coast

Seniors & Juniors Strikes Back

(HHBTM; US: 26 Apr 2011; UK: Import)

After the rest of his M Coast band left, ex-Of Montreal member Andy Gonzales reverted to the Marshmallow Coast name under which he released his first two albums. Taking the concept even further, he decided to re-record his debut, 2000’s Seniors & Juniors, with a few new songs mixed in.  Seniors & Juniors Strikes Back relies on a much more electronics-driven, fuller sound than its lo-fi predecessor. It also features a lengthy guest list, including his former M Coast band mates and several members of Olivia Tremor Control. On the re-workings, the basic melodies are unchanged, though a distinct funk undercurrent runs through several tracks. The overall quirky, off-kilter quality of Gonzales’ work remains intact, and a couple songs benefit from female vocals. The new tracks fit in fine, but do little to enhance the overall package. Seniors & Juniors Strikes Back definitely sounds contemporary, but it’s still not particularly memorable.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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