Die erste Vorladung (II)
Broken Doll is a perfect example: it fizzes with an amped up rock and roll vibe, and positively drips with a glorious sunny tone. That it's written about the death of a pop star is surprising given the cheery nature of the music and perfectly judged backing vocals. It could easily pass for one of Shonen Knife's more upbeat tunes. Could It Be The Last Time pulls a similar trick in offsetting melancholia by dealing with the possibility of an imminent break-up and marrying it to some ridiculously infectious backing vocals. Recent single Step One is an angular call and response rock tune that lays out just how to make it as an all-girl band in the music industry. In the verses it's basic and punchy and when the chorus hits it is monumentally catchy. It's rough enough around the edges not to be regarded as a lightweight throw away pop tune (not that there's anything wrong with such things) and with its slightly cynical edge recalls Le Tigre or Kenickie's finer moments.
Opening track King's Cross Station possesses a wonderfully full and chaotic guitar thrum and driving bass that make for a forceful opening. However it is the backing vocals that really elevates the song (and indeed most of the songs on the album) and makes it something truly special. Fletcher is frequently cited as being a feminist icon and with this particular album she's gone back and looked at the dynamics of all girl groups like The Shangri Las as inspiration. MBV is like an über-indie take on Leader Of The Pack with its The finely executed backing vocals and references to My Bloody Valentine (interestingly it's MBV producer Brian O'Shaughnessy at the helm on this album) and Edwyn Collins' fringe.
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