Call for Book Reviewers and Bloggers

Music
cover art

Tralala

Is That the Tralala

(Audika; US: 14 Nov 2006; UK: Available as import)

Sporting four(!) feisty female vocalists backed by drums, bass, guitar, and keys, Brooklyn’s Tralala make peppy, punky, poppy, post-riot grrrl indie rock that combines a classic girl group sound with DIY attitude and a B-52’sy sense of fun. “Yellow Taxi” and “Underdog” show off all the band’s strengths at once, commanding attention with strong popcrafting, the urgency of youth, and an exuberant, carefree feel. Excellent leadoff track “We’re Coming Out” is pure punk rocking Go-Go’s, while “Tallmansville” is a gothic country-tinged post-punk mining tale, like the Raincoats meet the Violent Femmes circa Hallowed Ground. A couple of tracks, “Take Me as I Am” and “Mystery”, don’t quite hit on all cylinders. Mostly, though, Is That The Tralala will get your body bopping and fill you full of glee. This mighty fine disc is a promise of great things to come.

Rating:

Michael Keefe is a freelance music journalist, an independent bookstore publicist, and a singer/guitarist/songwriter in a band. Raised on a record collection of The Beatles, Coltrane, Mozart, and Ravi Shankar, Michael has been a slave to music his whole life. At age 16, he got a drum set and a job at a record store, and he's been playing and peddling music ever since. Today, he lives in Oregon with his wife (also a writer, but not about music), two cats, and a whole lot of instruments and CDs.


Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements
Win a 15-CD Pack of Brazilian Music CDs from Six Degrees Records! in PopMatters Contests on LockerDome

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.