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Band of Skulls, Sweet Sour
Vagrant Records, Feb. 14

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



A guy’s gotta be proud about something, so forgive me for crowing that Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, this British band’s first album, was positively reviewed in this space even before its opening tune “Light of the Morning” became the theme song for the Ford Mustang in the 2009 commercial and before it soundtracked the trailer for The Hangover. You know the song, sort of like if your basic suburban slacker had a chance to sing for White Stripes, in other words a sound midway between Mountain and Flaming Lips. The title track kicks their second LP off with wall-of-noise softened by a harmless Van Halen hammer-on, some Beatles harmonies, and more Flaming Lips-ness, in other words little sign of change other than an uptick in maturity. Most things haven’t changed, though; the tunes are as good as any of the stuff on BDDFH, meaning there are minor caveats: the band’s mandatory hot chick, Emma Richardson, ruins the Warlocks-like “Bruises” with her tedious Kim Deal drawl, an unnecessary evil, really, being that Matt Hayward’s vocals are amateurish enough — there’s no need for a band to Sharpie “FLOWER POWER” on their foreheads when the setup and core sound already says it all. A- —Eric W. Saeger






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