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Album Review

It's easy to write off indie-pop as an insular scene plagued by cutsiness, but then an album like Rocketship's reminds us what the genre can do. A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness takes sweet '60s-style pop (somewhat precious and cute, of course), and layers it with droning analog organs and waves of ringing guitars; Rocketship sounds nothing like Stereolab or My Bloody Valentine, but the feelings they evoke are similar. The album is one of the finest pieces of "bedroom music" to come from its scene, thanks to its bright, intensely happy sound and the great songwriting which works perfectly with it.

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Formed: Sacramento, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s

Sacramento, CA-based indie-pop favorite Rocketship was the brainchild of singer/guitarist Dustin Reske, who formed the group in 1993 with bassist Verna Brock, keyboardist Heidi Barney and drummer Jim Rivas. After releasing the classic single "Hey Hey Girl" on the influential Bus Stop label, the group recorded 1996's acclaimed A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness for Slumberland; the original line-up then dissolved, with Reske continuing Rocketship essentially as a solo project. The "Honey,...
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