Thursday, January 12, 2012

CD Review: Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams

Photo from the Dum Dum Girls website.

Only In Dreams once again finds the California-based Dum Dum Girls adding sharp edges to the 1960s girl group sound. While they may not have invented the approach (Blondie and The Go-Go’s were there first) they certainly have mastered it. Each track on their second effort yields an irresistible melody, embellished with twanging guitars and adventurous harmonies.

Several songs deal with heartache, whether it be the loss of a loved one or the end of a romance. When lead vocalist-guitarist Dee Dee sings, “Where can I go where the sorrow will not find me?” on “Heartbeat (Take It Away),” her voice is full of melancholy. Like Chrissie Hynde, she can easily switch from vulnerable to vicious, as she spits out a series of put-downs on “Just A Creep.” The energetic tracks, like “Always Looking” and “Wasted Away” are particularly engaging, but Only In Dreams is a pleasure from start to finish.

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