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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