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If Modest Mouse spent a year in a Chuck E. Cheese ball pit, they might emerge sounding like the delightful Brooklyn quartet Bishop Allen. That's not to say that these indie-poppers aren't a serious band. On their debut, Charm School, the foursome blend sharp, jangly guitars with catchy melodies and big choruses. Songwriters Justin Rice and Christian Rudder write cheeky lyrics and layer their tunes with handclaps ("Charm School") and singalongs ("Ghosts Are Good Company"). And the band's carefree attitude, along with their musicianship, make Charm School as addictive as it is playful. Add drummer Margaret Miller and bassist Bonnie Karin, and they enter indie elite. Karin's ethereal backing vocals complement Rice's perfectly -- propelling already memorable tracks into charmed harmonic bliss.
If you like alternative music along the lines of (say) They Might Be Giants, then this is a GREAT album to look into.
Every song is great. particularly like Ghosts Are Good Company and the reprise of Things are what you make of them is gorgeous.
You can listen to just one song, or the entire CD at a sitting, and you will find yourself pleasantly enjoying the experience.
Wow, forgot I bought this. Not a regular reviewer but this is a great cd. I really enjoyed it when I bought it and I still listen to it from time to time.Published 4 months ago by T.O.E.
Really good album. Loved many songs the first time around; learned to love others quickly and listen to this one again and again.Published 21 months ago by Minal
2 toe-tapping, fun songs: Things Are What You Make of Them, and the cover of Eve of Destruction. Bishop Allen Drive and the downbeat version of Things (at the end of the CD) are... Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by Mr. Scott T. Allen
I feel like bishop allen is kind of like if modest mouse and the kinks had a love child...in a very good way. Read morePublished on October 23, 2008 by M. Filler
"Charm School" is a delightfully silly set. It has bubbly charm of grape soda pop. It doesn't take itself seriously like on the wacky "Penitentiary Bound," "You be whatever you... Read morePublished on June 30, 2007 by Lee Armstrong
I've checked the Bishop Allen website periodically since their first album "Charm School" came out. I'm so glad they're finally putting out new EPs!!! They're really great. Read morePublished on June 7, 2006 by Marny Rosenfeld
I originally discovered Bishop Allen's Charm School c.d at the library. I played it once, thought it was good, found myself wanting to listen to it again and fell in love with the... Read morePublished on April 12, 2004 by eydie sanders