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Album Review

Great guitar rock never goes out of style, and Helicopter Helicopter's fourth album draws on influences from all across that music's history — a Flaming Lips inflection here, a Tom Petty-ish melody there (note especially the gritty "Harsh Light"), and amiably off-kilter lyrics that occasionally recall their hometown colleagues the Lemonheads. There's nothing particularly unusual about the band's sound, which consists basically of two guitars, bass, drums, and the regular-guy twin vocals of Chris Zerby and Julie Chadwick, and yet it's immediately recognizable all the same. Maybe it's their melodic signature, which, despite the occasional whiff of earlier influences, doesn't really sound much like anyone else; on songs like the sad and luscious "Devil" and the muscular and triumphantly beautiful "Talk the Flyer Down," you'd swear you'd known the tunes all your life and yet were hearing them for the first time. There's no flashy soloing, just a sturdy meat-and-potatoes rhythm guitar attack and those two voices twining around each other sinuously and sweetly. And really, not a bad track anywhere on the album.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Getting together in 1998 between dual vocalists/guitarists Julie Chadwick and Chris Zerby, Helicopter Helicopter took shape in 1998 with drummer Ned Gallacher and a number of revolving bassists. Based out of Boston, MA, the band would bring out a power-pop sound that would be compared to the Fastbacks and the Replacements upon the 1998 release of their first album Squid's and Other Fishes through Lunch Records. After a brief U.S. tour, a second album entitled Analog and Electrical Fields (Lunch Records,...
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: 20 May 2003

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