Dum Dum Girls Review: Only In Dreams

Dum Dum Girls

Only In Dreams

Every once and a while, amidst listening to a sea of challenging and creative releases, sometimes one just needs a palette cleanser of a 30 minutes worth of punchy pop songs. To fill that need this season, I give you Dum Dum Girls’ second LP, Only In Dreams.

Front-woman Dee Dee (Kirstin Gundred), a perfectly good name for the lead woman of an all-female quartet following in the footsteps of The Ramones, has found a new confidence in her voice on Only In Dreams, which also no doubt benefits from the rich production from Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner, who are infamous for making dark, alluring pop with the Danish duo, The Raveonettes. The band’s debut I Will Be was only slightly modified bedroom demos that Dee Dee created on her own, and the lo-fi production was not only endearing but also refreshing.  So while Only In Dreams lacks the grittiness of I Will Be it benefits from its rich production.

“Bedroom Eyes” has Dum Dum Girls doing what they do best, creating a bed of sweet noise to nestle Dee Dee’s striking voice upon, especially on its soft, drifting chorus. “In My Head” has Dee Dee’s voice opening up nicely over clanging guitars on this heart-on-sleeve love song. “Caught In One” sounds like a Neko Case-sung New Pornographers song, with its bright-lifting chorus making it sound fit for surfing the radio-waves.

Only In Dreams is by no means a life-changer, and many of the songs follow the same song and melody structure so that, at times, the songs sort of blend into one another. The one track that doesn’t blend in, since it isn’t a two-and-a-half to three minute driving pop song, “Coming Down”, is such a blatant rip off of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” that it’s almost as if Dee Dee is daring the 90’s dream pop outfit to take legal action. “Teardrops On My Pillow” sports a furious swarm of distorted guitar and clapping percussion but gets a bit muddled in its melodramatic chorus.

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So once again, if you are looking for a pretty punk album to waste a half-hour with, look no further than Only In Dreams. It may not be as good as their debut or as infectious as fellow girl-group disciples Cults’ self-titled debut, but Only In Dreams, if accused of nothing else, is downright pleasant.

7.5/11

Can’t Miss: “Bedroom Eyes”, “In My Head”, “Always Looking”

Can’t Hit: “Coming Down”, “Heartbeat”

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Author: Wes

Hoosier. Writer. Music Buff. Media Man. Tourist. Polar Bear.

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