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Sarah Dooley, Stupid Things (self-released)




Sarah Dooley, Stupid Things (self-released)
Cd Reviews February 27, 2014

02/27/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Like an SNL parody of Kate Havnevik, this New Yawk-by-way-of-Indiana cutie-pie seems to focus most of her energy on her blinky-eyed joke lyrics, which are kid-safe but not all that much. Her moonbat-pop tunes incorporate school-gym piano, 1970s-radio strings, big band jazz, things like this, all doled out sunnily, without a care in the world, meaning of course I was instantly suspicious. The title track is one long “Deep Thoughts” from hell (“Because you’re young,” she informs, “you can make out with 15 people on the bathroom floor. But you’re a whore if you do that”), but it roped me in regardless of how little I can tolerate joke songs, much less joke songs sung by mildly hot chicks who obviously spent most of their childhoods picking the icky parts off of giant sunflowers. But wait, it gets even better. The off-Broadway-style ditty “Peonies” is Dooley’s “Stairway to Heaven” (or Odd Couple theme song, you pick), a study in … I don’t know, something about the dialectic of being alone and happy reading a book, or perhaps sitting by the Smelly River accompanied by a chick-flick hunk with a cleft chin, I don’t know. If I weren’t married, sure, I’d go on one date with her. A- — Eric W. Saeger






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