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Strike Gently

The Virgins

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Echoes of Dire Straits and The Cars bounce around Strike Gently, but The Virgins offer something fresh in this familiar rock 'n' roll milieu: a breezy nonchalance that melds those '70s sounds with the New York coolness that oozed from their 2007 debut EP. On the Brooklyn band's 2008 self-titled LP, The Virgins cared not a whit that, in real life, The Strokes would likely launch spitballs at Tom Petty in the lunchroom given the chance. But it appears Petty won that fight to influence The Virgins; Strike Gently is significantly easier and breezier, more seductive than aggressive (think Local Natives or Vampire Weekend). Donald Cumming lets loose with a yelp, then a croon, lowering his gravelly voice to something worn and comforting, the way Petty does with his all-American pipes. The production here is stellar, with crackling edges and solid white spaces around and between the sharp guitars, crisp and to-the-point percussion, and arrangements so radio-friendly you'd swear you heard them in the car last night, driving home (alone, again).

Customer Reviews

Instant classic

Beginning to end

The Virgins are back!!!

One of my favorite records of the last 5 years was The Virgin's debut. It's been a long wait for this follow up but I'm so stoked it has the same NYC (late 70's Rolling Stone's Some Girls) disco/rock vibe.

Great new direction, honest music, grows on you

I was a huge fan of the first album, and interested to see how the new lineup and evolving sound would translate, and I have to admit, at first listen it was a little hard to gauge. But I've feel playing the album in the background and giving it time to grow, and it's really well done. Impressions of You is a great track, and Wheel of Fortune has so much cinematic sweep and layers…Looking forward to seeing Prima Materia and Flashbacks live as well in Boston. Solid work and bodes well for the future…the sounds of all four players recording simultaneously is also evident and refreshing…Not overproduced…which allows for nuance and improvisation…I recommend!


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

With a sound that mixes 21st century indie tones and the late-'70s new wave attitude of Talking Heads or the Modern Lovers, New York City's the Virgins were formed in 2006 by lead singer/songwriter Donald Cumming. A true product of N.Y.C., Cumming grew up in Tribeca. His teen years were filled with clubbing, especially at the hipster spot Don Hill's and their very successful '80s Night. He became a model for Ryan McGinley, a photographer known for his striking portraits of N.Y.C.'s youth. When McGinley...
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