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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Vivian Girls
Everything Goes Wrong
In the Red

Rating: 7.4/10 ?


November 10, 2009
Lo-fi darlings Vivian Girls aren't fixing what isn't broken. Their slump-less sophomore album, Everything Goes Wrong, makes further inroads into punk terrain while sustaining surf-pop undertones. As one of last year's garage punk success stories, the Girls follow-up with more chugging rhythms, guileless attitude, and lovely, tiered harmonies that dial-up do-wop era girl groups.

On their latest effort, the Brooklyn-based trio hasn't tinkered much with their winning formula, except for introducing a few subtle nuances: more pliable vocals, doubling song lengths, pushing a harder edge and less sugar. Where their eponymous debut album was comprised of blink-and-you-miss-it snapshots, Everything Goes Wrong stretches the short bursts of energy to equally aggressive, three-minute-plus sundrenched fuzz. At its core, Vivian Girls purists won't be disappointed by their reprised trademark sound: the cavernous, distant quality of "The End" and youthful dreaminess of "Can't Get Over You." 

While there's merit to the charges that songs suffer from sameness and that musicianship is a secondary facet of the band, the Girls' detractors don't consider tradition; walking in the footprints of Bikini Kill, Ramones, and other like predecessors who faced similar criticisms, their flaws serve to be their most interesting, differentiating features. If speedy, garbled genre-sampling rock is what fuels the present lo-fi reemergence, Vivian Girls are one of the most relevant and important groups working in the confines of indie today.

Reviewed by Lara Longo
Lara Longo is a writer and photographer from Brooklyn, NY. In 1989, Lara received her first CD player and album, Appetite for Destruction; ever since, music is something she has fawned over, hated on, and played loudly. Her work has also appeared in Relix and New York Cool. Lara’s interests include sharks, European television, and the Hammond B3 organ.

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