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Album Review

Dressy Bessy believes in keeping it simple. No fancy chords, wasted notes, or glitzy orchestration for them. Just verse-chorus guitar/drums/bass bubblegum and snappingly catchy pop tunes — lots of them. Their two albums and their singles collection are remarkably consistent documents from one of the strongest indie pop bands to come down the pike in a while. That being said, this album is a bit of a change in direction for the group. Dressy Bessy retains the hooks and simple approach and adds a newfound harder sound. The guitars have some bite to them, and singer Tammy Ealom's usually sugar-spun vocals occasionally sound angry; on "This May Hurt (A Little)" she sounds like she is getting ready to kick some unfortunate jerk in the shins. Georgie Blue matches grinding guitars with Ealom's off-kilter vocals and produces a track that wouldn't sound out of place on one of Blondie's first LPs. Elsewhere, there are plenty of finger-snapping peppy pop tunes that betray the influence of early new wave and power pop bands like Blondie and the Ramones. They haven't entirely thrown off the influence of indie pop groups like Talulah Gosh on the cute "New Song (From Me to You)" and "Hey May." The album's stripped-down sound and approach may leave the listener wishing the band had found a little space for some flashy chords or glitzy orchestration to break things up a bit. Still, it is hard to argue with an album as pure and true as this.

Customer Reviews

5 Stars for sure

I was hooked by the time I had heard the first 15 seconds of "Baby Six String". I had bought the whole album before it was over. It hit a harmonic or something in me. It is fun, smart, rockin', hooky. I have 5 Favs, the first 5.

It's Okay

I don't really feel like there's anything original to this music, and in many of the songs I can't hear the vocals well. It was a nice attempt.

My Pick Me Up

I love Tammy Ealom's vocals in every song and you can't help but feel good and energized by the great guitar, bass, and drum playing. If you've never heard Dressy Bessy, this is the album to get.


Formed: Denver, CO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The long-running Denver-based indie pop band Dressy Bessy were led by singer/guitarist Tammy Ealom, who began her musical career as a member of the little-known 40th Day; in time she left the group to focus on writing her own material, eventually joining the earliest incarnation of the Minders. A series of short-lived projects (including a stint in Sissy Fuzz) followed before a frustrated Ealom befriended drummer Darren Albert, and with bassist Rob Greene they formed Dressy Bessy, issuing their debut...
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