Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be

Describing this sort of music objectively is difficult, because it’s damned difficult avoiding falling for in the heady swirl of the overall mood


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Fabulous girl pop, chaotic and messy as a teenager’s bedroom; and in love with all the sonic elements girl pop should be in love with. These are (in no particular order), simple beats, harmonies sweeter than slices of cake and chiming guitar lines scraping through the simple tales of love and lost love. Everything is changeable in terms of tempo, chords and melody, but of course it all sounds exactly the same. It’s attitude music. 

Describing this sort of music objectively is difficult, because it’s damned difficult avoiding falling for in the heady swirl of the overall mood. And seeing that the record is in part produced and guided by Richard Gottehrer, this reviewer knows that his paltry thoughts will shatter in the face of some formidable High Teenage Magick. Without sounding too flippant then, opener It Only Takes One Night and the fabulous Everybody’s Out are up-tempo stomps with a hint of the Mary Chain. Oh, and Everybody’s Out has a fab refrain that runs: “My Baby’s better than yours”. How can you compete against that? Jail La La possesses a fabulous pleading chorus driven by sugar-sweet harmonies and is a real highlight on the record. I Will Be also kicks like a bucking horse.

Baby Don’t Go and Rest of Our Lives show the flip side of youth, for exuberance, read melancholy. These tracks are maudlin meanders that seemingly have no will to live: the songs ooze the sentimental lethargy so beloved of the young. Before you think everything’s sugar-sweet girly candy and apple pie, A BOY sings on the moody Blank Girl (and in that surly manner that boys do)…

You get the picture?