2004: The Stereo Society SS006
Miracles Can Happen is just fascinatingly strange beyond words! I honestly am not sure if its intended as a Prozac-induced optimistic haze or just what, but under the spaced-out singing is a tasty instrumental spiced with some nice lazy twang right to the end (with a side-trip into gospel). Holiday Office Party (introduced with a coke-snort) is cut from the same cloth, musically, but the lyric is depressing as hell!! Actually, most of the albums outlook is pretty dark but its quite nice despite that.
Im always surprised by the fulsome sensuality BETTY taps now and then, such as on Itchy Fingers here and Picnic Love Affair on Hello BETTY its so intense, almost pungent, and theres always more of it than Im initially ready for. Its fun, just a little startlingly frank at first.
I didnt expect to like Xmas Aint Coming This Year, as its lyrics are pretty maudlin, but its quite a strong recording and benefits greatly from Alyson Palmers lead vocal and Amy Ziffs cello.
The slight but (to me) painful detuned harmonies which are the one persistent fly in BETTYs ointment are alas here in force on the a capella numbers. Space Age Solstice is the only other misstep on Snowbiz (well, theres also the bizarre and unnecessary final track, best ignored), which is overall a surprisingly enjoyable if unhappy album.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.