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This review is from: Only In Dreams (MP3 Music)
Despite the rave reviews, I wasn't fully sold on the Dum Dum Girls' first album. But upon hearing the Mazzy Star-esque "Coming Down," it was obvious, they'd grown considerably as a band and this album was going to be something special.
Between the slicker production values and more complex songwriting, "Only In Dreams" is a quantum leap forward. Kristen Gundred's voice draws equally from the snarl of Chrissie Hynde and the seduction of Victoria Legrand (Beach House). Like the Raveonnettes, they're influenced by the echoey distorted surf guitar of the Jesus and Mary Chain, but refined into a shimmering, shoegazey dream, with all the catchiness of those classic Phil Spector girl-bands. If you doubt it, give a listen to "Bedroom Eyes," "In My Head" and "Teardrops on my Pillow."