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Editors’ Notes

The Brooklyn-based Vivian Girls subtly redefine their sound and song structures on their third release. In contrast to the brevity of their first two efforts they stretch out on the six-minute songs bookending Share the Joy, “The Other Girls” and “Light In Your Eyes,” and lace them with long staccato guitar solos that add texture to the tracks. They show more range here, too. They’re bouncy on “Dance (If You Wanna),” cheeky on “Take It As It Comes” with its deadpan spoken commentary, and flash a harder edge on the Green On Red cover “Sixteen Ways.” Elsewhere they tweak the tempos on the dynamic “Trying to Pretend” and the choppy “Lake House,” a couple of tracks that highlight the differences in playing styles between the band’s new drummer, Fiona Campbell, and the former one, Ali Koehler, who moved on to join Best Coast. The overall sonic shift to a cleaner sound emphasizes the languid harmonies of singer Cassie Ramone (vocals, guitar) and Katy Goodman (bass, vocals) without fully abandoning their lo-fi aesthetic and fondness for repetitive fuzzy guitar riffs and audio grit.

Customer Reviews

Why is everyone so down on this album?

Whatever, I've been looking for something new to listen to and I'm glad I found this band (and AC Deathstrike). I'm sure I'll own all the albums before the weekend.

I like it

I love reading reviews that talk about "hipster nonsense" and stuff like that, because they really don't get it. This album is good and I like it :-) Great job Girls!

Big pile of steaming Sheiß.

Boring, dull, repetitive.

Every song sounds EXACTLY the same.

Over indulgent, hipster nonsense.

This band has existed before, not sure where, but I'm pretty sure there's a reason why I don't know.


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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