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On paper, it’s impressive that this is the tenth full-length by the cologne-based duo of Regina Janssen and her White Stripes ambiguous partner Günther Janssen. That’s a good-sized catalogue to deal with. However, if all their songwriting has been as simple as that exhibited on More (especially highlighted by the repetitive “Cry Baby”), that explains a lot. Sure, Regina’s breathy vocals and child like lyricism is as charming as Husky Rescue and most of Monika Enterprise’s stable, and Günther’s piano driven chamber pop ambiance has helped shape Karaoke Kalk’s classy retro-futuristic aesthetic since its founding. Compared to the average Billboard act, Donna Regina’s music is fine overall. However, Regina has a very limited range and Günther’s instrumentals, though full of good sounds, are ultimately not very adventurous or strikingly dynamic (which doesn’t help Regina’s flatness). It’s kinda like someone sucked all the glitch and surreality out of Broadcast’s Tender Buttons. If Donna Regina is a carton of 2% milk, Broadcast is chocolate.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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