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Betty Drake, Grape Or Red (Purple Pit)
Decent Minneapolis band cranks out melodic pop that once again owes a bit to The Beatles and other British Invasion groups. "Just Like That" and "Time Will Never Tell" are undoubtedly catchy, but a lot of this album turns rather faceless pretty fast despite the group's obvious talents. Songs like "Funny Forever" and "Movietown" just don't measure up to those first two songs and seem like they were written without much thought behind them as far as longevity goes. There are a ton of similar power popsters out there, and Betty Drake can only hope to get better in the future if they want to actually make a little noise that's worth hearing beyond five minutes.