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This release takes the spirit of music Bettie Serveert has made in the past and colors it with even more appealing sounds than last year's stellar "Attagirl" (the title which introduced the band to an entirely new audience of fans thanks to prominent exposure on "The O.C." and "One Tree Hill". As the title implies, this record has the band back to their basics best. Stripped down electric songs with Peter Visser's guitar work driving things forward and Carol Van Dyk's unmistakable vocals rich in indelible imagery. Twelve new tracks plus a 79-minute DVD with eleven live songs spanning the band's career, including video footage from the album's recording session, a road film from their 2005 US tour, a photo gallery, and a music video Easter egg.
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If bettie serveert albums were bottles of wine I would say they were all good years, if recent, while this one has matured beyond it's years and become an almost miraculous vintage. These folks are producing music that is comfortably at the level of their heroes (yes, it's true). They are not in business to hide what's inspired them, but any obvious lineage is taken to a place that is very much their own. Reviewers who think this is just a light weight but enjoyable band are wildly missing the mark.
All the guitar work on the album is just beautiful, including some very fine bass playing that sweetens the pot considerably.
If bands were vacuum tubes I'd say Bettie Serveert had joined the ranks of Mullard, Amperex and Telefunkin - primo new old stock! I thought of that because sonically the cd is gorgeous - it's so good that I'm using it while auditioning headphone amplifiers. Dare I hope for vinyl...?