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Bill Mallonee, Perfume Letter (Paste)
It is pretty much a truism by now that every alt.country mastermind really just wants to be Wilson or McCartney, and this is very true for Vigilantes of Love frontman Mallonee on this solo disc. Mellotrons hover nicely over "She's So Liquid," the lo-fi/hi-fi good vibrations of "Two Become One" are almost oppressive until it turns into Wings with better lyrics: "Sometimes the universe explodes / You can hear it smell it touch and taste as she unfolds". And the dB's echoes of "After All You've Done for Me" and the Lindsey Buckingham love that lurks in "That Little Something" are adorable. Absolutely pleasant, undeniably intelligent, thoroughly unoriginal.