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Melodic, yet edgy, Carol van Dijk and the rest of the "groep" are capable of harnessing melody, rhythm and distortion artfully to evoke their message. While the Dutch are not by any means producers or fans of the indie/guitar rock genre, this band stands out in astonishing contrast to the jarring, mindless, techno/house music and American soft pop that dominated Dutch stereos when Palomine hit the stores. Living in the Netherlands at the time, I found myself seeking follow on CDs and was amazed that many Dutch hadn't heard of them.
Personally, Carol van Dijk's vocals strike a chord with me that I can only compare to the first time I heard Natalie Merchant or Liz Phair. Alternatively plaintive, sarcastic, brooding, and seductive, her voice isn't the only strong point in a group I believe is underated.
So this cd was released in 1992. Did a single one of my useless friends hook me up with this awesome cd or tell me about? No, I had to wait 17 years until I discovered it on my own. Something I figured out in life is that you can't depend on others to find good cds for you. No one is gonna do it for you and even if they do it for you you end being stuck with what they think is good which I have found is typically bad.
In 1992 I wasn't really even old enough to own cds I didn't start buying cds until 1995 and I depended on my friends for recommendations which looking back were total crap (Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden and other stuff I would never actually listen to ever again).
It makes me wonder...what other cds out there could I have been jamming to for years now?
This cd goes for pennies used. Buy it.
Fortunately, the rest of the album contains material as strong, if not as emotionally powerful. "Tom Boy" and "Kids Allright" are straight up rockers that hold their own with any "rock" band out there. "Palomine" and "Under the Surface" are slower numbers that still have an edge thanks to Van Dijk and the always inventive guitar playing of Peter Visser. And the catchy pop of "Balentine" provides several irresistible hooks in 4 minutes and again evokes some of the pain and emotion of "Leg" and "Balentine".
While Bettie Serveert has put out several strong albums in the past 17 years, none of them have achieved the consistent heights of this debut effort. Unfortunately, they also never achieved the acclaim or reputation that this album deserves. The best of the what the 90's aimed to be- found in these 11 tracks!
They never disappointed me. Even played Palomine, my favorite song, and Unsound, another favorite from Private Suit. That's probably my second favorite. I liked Dust Bunnies, too.
We got to meet Carol and the boys after that concert in Cambridge, Mass. They partied with us at a house near the concert venue after the show. They were all really nice people and lots of fun to be around. Very down to earth.
This album has gorgeous melodies, interesting lyrics, terrific singing by Carol, awesome guitar playing by Peter Visser and everything else you would want in a rock and roll album. You can listen to it over and over and never get tired of it. It's like a mellow visit from an old friend every time you hear it.
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great album, wish I would of heard of this band 15 years ago. I just purchased "Dust Bunnies" and also "Pharmacy of Love" simply said friggin great... Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by cttnballs57
Item was shipped extremely quickly, CD is in great shape. Sorry for the late review.
Thanks for the great deal and an awesome CD.
Bettie Serveet...what a great band! this danish group has rarely failed when it comes to putting out great albums stuffed with heartfelt pop rock and roll. Read morePublished on August 16, 2004 by J. Holmes
I've been listening to this for two years and finally searched amazon (no kidding) to get the true title etc. has stood up to time since its first listen-to in Flagstaff AZ. Read morePublished on March 12, 2000 by Ulrich
I heard this album at a friends house, loved it, bought it. Brilliant vocals, great rock guitar, but not overpowering. Can't go wrong with this one.Published on February 17, 2000