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The Belle Brigade, Just Because (ATO Records)




The Belle Brigade, Just Because (ATO Records)
CD Reviews

04/10/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



The Belle Brigade, Just Because (ATO Records)

More Bonnaroo-corporate-tent marshmallow-fluff, the debut full-length from the L.A. act led up by the Gruskas, a brother-sister duo who are, lucky them, grandchildren of composer John Williams. I’m told they were more busker-ish before, on their EP, so I’m thankful that they’re applying their abrasive, whiny vocals to something resembling rawk as opposed to trying to lure fans away from Norah and Amos and whatnot.  They’ve had one song help to soundtrack a Twilight movie, which is about par for desperately tween-relevant stuff like this, a pop-minded fricassee of Sheryl Crow (“Be Like Him”), techno-fied Jewel (“Ashes”) and a non-dark, less noisy Yeah Yeah Yeahs (“When Everything Was What It Was”), a dollop of vaguely adult-sounding bubblegum nonsense that does, I’ll admit, have hooks that’d likely grow on you after a few minutes of being subjected to it at TGIFridays, the proper setting for such all-carb big-box-store ambience. B- — Eric W. Saeger





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