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Viva Voce 

Get Yr Blood Sucked Out (Barsuk Records)

Wednesday, Sep 27 2006
Marriage is all about communication, compromise, and ... psychedelic indie rock. At least it is for Kevin and Anita Robinson, otherwise known as Viva Voce, who have popped out four albums of the stuff since 1998. The Portland, Ore.-via-Alabama couple's latest, Get Yr Blood Sucked Out, channels marital bliss through toothsome vocal harmonies, fuzzed-out guitar solos, and just enough tambourine. Imagine wedding the Dandy Warhols' trippy blues to the Secret Machines' spacey dream-pop: Hardly a capricious union, but opposites don't always attract. And Viva Voce embraces its often-predictable sound without a hint of irony. "We Do Not Fuck Around," announces the album's obligatory midpoint psych-rock statement. No shit. Both for better and for worse, Get Yr Blood Sucked Out can be read with one eye shut. All it takes is a little love and a little pot (plenty of both will do just fine, mind you). The Robinsons champion neither subtlety nor novelty, but let's face it — for every Radiohead, we surely need a Viva Voce. — Nate Seltenrich

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