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Posted by: Dave on January 30, 2002 at 12:26 am

Nearly every aspect of newlyweds Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel’s second album defies musical logic. For starters, there are two of them making enough sound for a four-piece band. Kori’s vast arsenal of keyboards and organs multitask as bass, rhythm and melody, while Jason provides the percussion, and the two of them shout their way through clamorous harmonies and counterpoint melodies. The vocals could easily be considered grating, but their youthful enthusiasm makes them endearing. With constant tempo and mood changes, too, the album threatens to be a pompous prog-rock showcase. But instead, it sounds like fun, kiddy music thanks to bright, twinkling synthesizers and their unrefined boy/girl ranting. With cheap, wussy instruments and less-than-dead-on vocals, these two lovebirds sound like one of the most inventive and earnest high school garage bands ever as they beg for your attention. Their ambitious pleas feel a bit overbearing at times, but should ultimately win your heart.

– Dave Powers
(As posted 1/30/02 on 3wk.com)



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