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Everything Goes Wrong

Vivian Girls

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On their sophomore release, Brooklyn’s lo-fi Vivian Girls make it clear: the vocal harmonies — sometimes manic, other times more languid — are used here as an instrument. You may not discern much difference — at first — between the clanging guitar howl of “Tension” or the slightly more upbeat clanging wall of guitars on “Walking Alone At Night.” But the vocal desperation of the former shapes the tune into something quite different from the nervous urgency of the latter, just as the girl-group neo-croon of “Can’t Get Over You” sets the track worlds apart from the dirgey “Before I Start to Cry.” While most songs are either speedy or mid-tempo frothed-up bits of femme-fueled anxiety, there's a degree of musical texture here besides the memorable (and oddly atonal) vocal stamp of each track. “I’m Not Asleep” varies fingerpicked guitar notes with the Girls’ trademark barrage, and “The Desert” features prickly, potent guitars in a higher octave. The stealthy “Out for the Sun” builds an impressive run of guitar play into a powerful, explosive coda, making it the perfect representative track: Everything Goes Wrong is stealthy, too, but patience reveals its potency.

Customer Reviews

Dear lord

This is freaking awesome, this is as good as it gets when it comes to alternative. So what, nobody likes it and they are all holding their ears and running the other direction, don't ever stop what you're doing girls, this is awesome!!! Best new album I have heard in weeks. There is a whole new sound and a whole new scene rising, and these girls are at the forefront.

hi

my dogs name is vivian

Out for the sun, not studio tricks.

When I saw Vivian Girls in Baltimore (opening for Ariel Pink), I was more impressed by them in a live setting than I had been listening to their debut for the previous two months. VG was a fantastic debut from a band capitalizing on the no-fi aspects of song writing... and Everything Goes Wrong isn't perfect, but the girls have given us - the us that would call themselves fans, mind you - 13 tracks with more focused song writing, noise and control. They won't win any new fans here, but those who aren't already decrying them as pretentious Pitchfork darlings will love the tension of this subtly nuanced record.

Biography

Formed: 2007 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Deriving their name from the ill-fated characters featured in the work of writer/illustrator Henry Darger, the Vivian Girls (not to be confused with the "craft pop" duo of the same name) are a Brooklyn-based trio whose gritty, lo-fi tunes nod to seminal indie pop acts like Black Tambourine, Talulah Gosh, and Tiger Trap. Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Cassie Ramone, bassist Kickball Katy (Goodman), and drummer Ali Koehler, the Vivian Girls sprang into the indie circuit in 2008 with a handful of 7"...
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