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Album Review

Everything Talulah Gosh ever recorded — all 25 tracks worth — is assembled on Backwash, a superb collection of twee pop at its finest. Unlike many of their shambling co-conspirators, the Goshes crafted music surprising in its complexity; "Talulah Gosh" flows smoothly from a gentle bridge into an adrenalized chorus, "Bringing Up Baby" wraps gossamer harmonies around a syncopated rhythm, and the brilliant "I Can't Get No Satisfaction (Thank God)" sports a Byrds-worthy jangle riff. Similarly, beneath the cuddly, sweetness-and-light surface lurks a dark edge; "My World's Ending" is an aggressive tearjerker, while "Break Your Face" is as corrosive as its title.

Customer Reviews

Essential Twee!

If you have any affinity for indie-pop, twee, or guitar-pop in general, you must purchase this album. Talulah Gosh is often cited as a mere predecessor for later indie-pop bands, but Backwash should be in every indie music fan's library. The vocals are sweet and girlish, and the guitars jangle and chime with giddy energy. The melodies will stick in your head, and the instrumentation is invigorating. Most of the cuts on this album are catchy, playful, and fun. This is one of my very favorite albums, and anyone mildly interested should definitely buy it; you will not regret it. Standout tracks include "Don't Go Away," "My Boy Says," and "The Girl With the Strawberry Hair," but all of the tracks are worth listening to.


Formed: 1986 in Oxford, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

Avatars of the British twee pop movement, Talulah Gosh formed in late 1985 when economics student Amelia Fletcher and struggling artist Elizabeth Price met at an Oxford area club; both were wearing Pastels badges, and their common love for indie rock prompted them to immediately found their own group. Originally intending to form a post-punk variation on '60s-era girl groups, neither of the aspiring vocalists had the time or energy to find compatible female musicians, so they instead recruited Fletcher's...
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