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La Sera, Music For Listening to Music To (Polyvinyl Records)




La Sera, Music For Listening to Music To (Polyvinyl Records)
CD Reviews: February 17, 2016

02/18/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Essentially, La Sera is former Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman, now on her fourth LP’s worth of trying to get a fix on her ideal dream-pop sound. Her first three records consisted of Goodman writing and fronting the band, aided by a couple of different producers. Her second album, 2012’s Sees the Light, saw her flirting with a beach-cowboy vibe — Indigo Girls meets Pains of Being Pure at Heart, let’s say — then moving in a more noisy direction with 2014’s Hour of the Dawn, which was basically Dum Dum Girls on zombie serum during its best parts. Back to the now, it looks like her country/folkie side won out for this album, first thanks to Ryan Adams taking the producer role, and second because it’s songwriter-centric, almost KT Tunstall-like in opener “High Notes.” Meanwhile, if you’d paid the slightest bit of attention to her earlier stuff, you couldn’t help but hear some Aimee Mann in there, which is capitalized on here by Adams. This all works nicely as a slacker-country bauble, even when Goodman’s new cohort/husband Todd Wisenbaker takes the microphone (“One True Love” is the slightly nervous baritone yin to her moonbat yan). A — Eric W. Saeger






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