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Album Review

Dirty on Purpose made a promising but somewhat sketchy and soft-focus debut with 2004's Sleep Late for a Better Tomorrow. Hallelujah Sirens is that record's promise fulfilled: where the debut sounded tentative, these 11 songs are fairly buzzing with self-assured invention. The basic template remains exactly the same, with ethereal male and female vocals trading places over a wash of fuzzy, effects-laden guitars and simple, low-key rhythms. But the melodies are more memorable this time out, with greater sonic variation, richer arrangements and, on songs like the swooning opener "No Radio," instantly memorable chorus hooks. Yo La Tengo is still the most obvious touchstone, although "Marfa Lights" has the buzzing, slow-build intensity of a classic Sonic Youth tune, and "Your Summer Dress" offers echoes of the Sundays' diaphanous guitar shimmer. Overall, however, Dirty on Purpose have established a sound that's recognizably their own.


Formed: 2002 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

A shoegazer-inspired indie band from New York City, Dirty on Purpose were part of the continuum of atmospheric guitar-oriented rockers with alternating male and female vocals that includes Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, and My Bloody Valentine, as well as cult favorites like Antietam, Come, and Sleepyhead. Formed in Brooklyn in 2002, Dirty on Purpose originally consisted of keyboardist Erika Forster, guitarist Joseph Jurewicz, and drummer Doug Marvin (all of whom shared lead vocal duties), plus non-singing...
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