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Chop Chop

Screens

(Archenemy; US: 11 Nov 2008; UK: Unavailable)

A couple factors prevent Screens from being a perfectly fine, if slight, indie electro-pop album. First, primary Chop Chopper Catherine Cavanagh doesn’t seem to know her way around an arrangement. Bleeps, squeals, and start-stop rhythms appear almost at random, cluttering up the mix. Then there is Cavanagh’s voice. Often just above a whisper, it stands little chance of saving her “quirky” relationship tales from becoming unintentionally laughable. The relatively straightforward “C Train David” hints at what might have been had a producer been hired. As it stands, Screens gives DIY a bad name.

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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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