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Girl in a Coma

Both Before I'm Gone

(Blackheart; US: 15 May 2007; UK: Available as import)

It’s the damnedest thing: here’s a trio of Goth girls who worships the Smiths and release an album that cross-pollinates Bossanova-era Pixies with everything you’ve ever loved about the Breeders. The guitar playing is fast and furious, but it never gets too showy. “The Photographer” is pure Kim Deal adrenaline, while the handclap-led “In the Background” is double-time Interpol on Steve Albini ice skates. However, not all is well in the land of self-deprecation. “Mr. Chivalry” very much outstays its five minutes of running time (as does most of these songs, which could be trimmed by a minute to no harm), and often singer Nina Diaz’s vocals are a bit too low in the mix. (It’s for this reason that closing track “Simple Man” is nothing short of a revelation.) The simple acoustic-and-voice take is brilliant, letting Diaz touch all the notes that Karen O. keeps dreaming of hitting but never does. With as fully-formed a debut album as this, one can only wonder what wild grounds their sophomore effort will lead them towards.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and multiple national newspapers. Evan has been a guest on RevotTV's "Revolt Live!" as well as WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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