Monday, September 18, 2006

Persephone's Bees: Notes from the Underworld

Notes from the UnderworldI first heard songs from this album about a year ago. I immediately had to know what it was and where I could buy it. Unfortunately, I couldn't. Not until sometime last week when the album was finally released after much delay. Well, I'm glad it's here for me to review:

Persephone's Bee's debut album Notes from the Underworld is one of the best new albums I've heard in a long time. Everything from the cover art to the music makes me feel like I was there in the 60's when rock music was fresh, new and exciting. The band's sound even has a clear 60's feel, and everything from the vocals to the arrangements has the freshness and simplicity of the best modern indie rock and 60's pop-rock. The songs on the album that best capture this vibe naturally became the singles. "Way to Your Heart" with it's great hook, and "City of Love," with it's attention grabbing dropped downbeats, both scream out to be loved. It's hard not to oblige.

Vocalist and songwriter Angelina Moysov's grasp of the English language is not perfect, and combined with the the band's very poppy arrangements, their music occasionally sounds contrived, like "Even Though I'm Fooling Around", which seems like it was written just as a crowd pleaser for shows: "every time I see your face in the crowd, I can tell you that I'm fooling around, but I'm in love with you." But, it doesn't take long to realize this is a new twist on the old theme when you hear: "Stars will fall, and I will make all my wishes. I will ask for English cars and cool dresses, Maybe I will even mention you... 'cause I'm in love with you." The band has a sense of humor, knows how to have fun, and it shows in every song. And it's infectious.

All in all, I can't think of an album I've enjoyed more since last year's debut by the Brazilian Girls. Great album! Can't wait for the tour!

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