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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Track of the Day: Thee Oh Sees

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 1:11 PM

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In my purely subjective and mathematically-calculated opinion, Thee Oh Sees have released  one of the city's best new records in their full-length, Help. This manic material builds on main man John Dwyer's fondness for strange noise and stilted accents, and the album is packed with odd timings and squiggly textures. But Brigid Dawson's singing is pure Kim Deal candy, and their harmonies are only part of what gives Help such strong pop components grounding all entertaining distractions. Pretty much every song here is stickier than chewed gum left out in a heatwave, with just as much grit stuck inside every track. To sample the merch, check out "Rainbow" and "Can You See" at Choir Croak Out Them Goodies.  But really, there ain't a clunker on Help--the CD's a superb mix of all that psych-garage greatness Dwyer's been working out over the last decade, but now it's blossomed out into a collection of songs as tuneful as they are trippy.

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