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Like many a paisley pop band — hey, they put this out on the Paisley Pop label, so they'd better be prepared to be branded with the label themselves — Girls Say Yes boasts a stew of influences. There's 1960s psychedelia and folk-rock, of course, but also girl groups (felt mostly in the backup vocals), ringing Byrds/R.E.M. guitars, Lou Reed, soul, and even cheesy 1980s synth pop. There's nothing wrong with that; just don't steel yourself for anything that will shift your axis of being. The songs embrace a similarly mixed clutch of themes: psychic displacement, spaced-out psychedelic musing, alienated loneliness, and cranky carps at the institution of marriage. It's the psychedelic-isms and the Lou Reed-isms that work best, like "Another Life," with its late-'60s psychedelic Brit-pop trimmings of underwater vocals and backward guitars; "You're Coming Down," which has something of the feeling of early-'70s Pink Floyd, but with female vocals; and "Wonder Guy," which matches shaky Reed-esque singing to folk-rockin' guitars.


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Jangle pop collective Girls Say Yes is spearheaded by drummer/singer/songwriter Jim Huie, who employs a revolving-door cast of collaborators in a manner similar to Anton Fier's Golden Palominos. Huie previously played in Russ Tolman's backing band, and Tolman in turn appeared on the Girls Say Yes debut To Boys Who Say No, which was recorded over a period of several years and finally released by Paisley Pop in early 2001. Other guests included...
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