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Album Review

Everything Talulah Gosh ever recorded — all 25 tracks worth — is assembled on Backwash, a superb collection of twee pop at its finest. Unlike many of their shambling co-conspirators, the Goshes crafted music surprising in its complexity; "Talulah Gosh" flows smoothly from a gentle bridge into an adrenalized chorus, "Bringing Up Baby" wraps gossamer harmonies around a syncopated rhythm, and the brilliant "I Can't Get No Satisfaction (Thank God)" sports a Byrds-worthy jangle riff. Similarly, beneath the cuddly, sweetness-and-light surface lurks a dark edge; "My World's Ending" is an aggressive tearjerker, while "Break Your Face" is as corrosive as its title.


Formed: Oxford, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

Avatars of the British twee pop movement, Talulah Gosh formed in late 1985 when economics student Amelia Fletcher and struggling artist Elizabeth Price met at an Oxford area club; both were wearing Pastels badges, and their common love for indie rock prompted them to immediately found their own group. Originally intending to form a post-punk variation on '60s-era girl groups, neither of the aspiring vocalists had the time or energy to find compatible female musicians, so they instead recruited Fletcher's...
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