Wednesday, November 16, 2011

CD Review: Rebel Pebbles - Girls Talk

Note: This review originally appeared in the Illinois Entertainer in 1991.

Girls Talk, the full-length debut from Rebel Pebbles features the L.A.-based four-woman band embellishing 1960s style pop with tight harmonies and a sense of humor. The title track is a more rock-oriented ladies who lunch romp while “Wild Weekend” has lead vocalist Rachel Murray ticking off a rhyming list of things she’ll need for a trip while guitarist Karen Blankfeld, bassist Robin Fox, and drummer Cheryl Bullock chime in on backup vocals.

The band is less successful handling more serious fare like “Elephant’s Revenge,” which trivializes the slaughter of the animals for their tusks, and the sappy “Eskimo and Butterfly.” Blankfeld’s high-energy strumming helps make the garage rock tune “No More Cryin’” a definite keeper, while “Groovy Love” evokes a mid-60’s hit single, complete with some “Love Me Do” style harmonica playing. Murray’s playful vocals and Fox’s sensual bass lines bring a sensual feel to “Anthony’s Attic.”


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