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Veronica Falls

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Editorial Reviews

2011 album from the British Indie quartet. The very best pop music mixes sweetness and light with dissonance and darkness, injects a perfectly addictive harmony with something sadder, stranger. Think of the gloomy melodrama of 'Tell Laura I Love Her,' which kick started the teenage tragedy song craze in the '60s, the bleak farewell of 'Seasons in the Sun' in the '70s, even The Smiths' 'Girlfriend in a Coma' in the '80s: all meltingly beautiful melodies with something considerably darker lurking at their hearts; the black cloud on a summer's day, the bruise on a perfect face. It's into this long and storied lineage that London four-piece Veronica Falls quite happily fit. Welcome to the slanted and enchanted world of Veronica Falls, where serendipity, subversion, providence and a shared love for Roky Erickson's worldview all play a crucial part.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Found Love in a Graveyard
  2. Right Side of My Brain
  3. The Fountain
  4. Misery
  5. Bad Feeling
  6. Stephen
  7. Beachy Head
  8. All Eyes on You
  9. The Box
  10. Wedding Day
  11. Veronica Falls
  12. Come on Over


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Slumberland Records
  • ASIN: B005EVVEPK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've been waiting years to find an album as good as this- it's as good as anything by Pixies, Nirvana, The Smiths- all my favorite bands. The female singer's voice is beautiful, and the male background vocals work well. It often reminds me of the mood of the song "California Dreaming". These songs are extremely well written and arranged, very soulful and inspired. The at times slightly off tune vocals somehow make everything more endearing. I'm the pickiest music listener I know and have only found a handful of musicians who meet or surpass my expectations. This band is among them.
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While listening to Veronica falls, the newest British import, one may find themselves feeling as though Throwing Muses or The Pixies have created another spinoff. Though obviously influenced by, and giving nods to, indie groups from the 1980s and 90s, this band is still very original in what they deliver. With so many bands trying to vie for notice in the indie-pop-punk meets ambient scene, Veronica Falls is a standout.

They deliver beautiful harmonies, spot-on instrumentation, and slightly dark lyrics, sounding somewhat like Mazzy Star, but with a more upbeat undertone. The songs take us on a melodramatic journey through teenage tragedy, lurking depression, and dark hearts, all while leaving us feeling oddly upbeat about it all. While singing about how they "Found Love In a Graveyard," you may find yourself feeling oddly happy- because they did find love. They make "Misery" and having a "Bad Feeling" seem more than bearable. With the progression of each of their songs, they bring the listener farther into their world, which is slightly dark, but mostly dreamy.

Veronica Falls is an album that should be not be ignored, but rather put on rotation for quite a while. They are masters of making the macabre seem seductive and even joyful. So, the next time you feel like grave dancing or chasing shadows, invite Veronica Falls along, because they will show you the unexpected joy in the darkness.
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Debut album out of London via Glasgow delivers bright, playful, lively guitar twee-pop stamped
with a punky, melodic D.I.Y. ethos that sounds primed to churn out addictive indie hits. Killer little
reverb-driven pop songs that sneak up and recruit you while you're bouncing around the room,
laughing at the world, insanely humming along. Recalls the Shop Assistants, the Pastels, Best
Coast, Wedding Present, Beat Happening, Frankie Rose and the Outs. Members from Sexy
Kids, Your Twenties, Bricolage, The Royal We.
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It's a jangly unique synthesis of genres. It harkens back to The Byrds with the uplifiting jangly guitars and wonderful ballad singing which really stands out with 3 part harmonies. There's often an insistent somewhat fast punk beat and punky to somewhat punky approach to the guitars. It can be dark like punk and irreverant and fun and very catchy and pop-y like the Vaselines. It's also a bit like Best Coast. And like Bluegrass, Veronica Falls can sometimes sing beautifully about things that are terrible in an such an ironically jubilant way. Veronica Falls offers a unique synthesis of various genres with outstanding singing and very good musicianship and the result is very catchy and you may find your feet keeping the beat.
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The other amazon reviews are all right on the money. I love the consistently strong mid-60's strumming/jangling guitar work and even better the surprisingly retro drums. It all works. I dont think the band has quite found its stride yet though. The vocal melodies are there but they arent perhaps as compelling as the band wants them to be. Some lyrics repeat too much. There's a flatness to all of the tracks that may be more the fault of the producer rather than the band. No matter -- I'll be very interested in their next CD.
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**Review originally appeared at https://midnighttosix.wordpress.com

Slumberland Records has been going through quite a renaissance these past few years, with an influx of new and exciting bands making the label perhaps even more popular now than it was in its early-’90s heyday. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart get the most ink, but London quartet Veronica Falls may just be the best act on the Slumberland roster right now, based on their debut album. Their music falls in line with what you expect from a Slumberland band – Velvets-inspired noise-pop softened with the harmonies and sweetness of early-’60s girl groups, with just a pinch of amateurism – but these guys and girls simply do it better than anyone else. Their greatest strengths are their ability to maintain a thrillingly constant tension between light and darker shades, and they also seem to always know the exact perfect moment to kick a song into a galloping double-time or to slow it down. They’ve also got an interesting guitar duo in Roxanne Clifford (who is also the lead singer) and James Hoare, both of whom spend most of the album’s 36 minutes trying to out-Sterling Morrison the other (especially on “Right Side Of My Brain”).
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