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You may have had them tagged as goth-tinged pop fantasists, but with their much anticipated sophomore album ''Waiting For Something To Happen,'' Veronica Falls easily shrug off any notions of a difficult second album to create something that is easily more polished, more affecting, and more enduring than their peers could dream of making, and stake their claim as one of the most gloriously unpredictable and invaluable bands on the scene right now. Recorded with Rory Attwell (Male Bonding, The Vaccines), ''Waiting For Something To Happen'' is a bold and deliciously assured leap forward which sees the quartet of Roxanne Clifford, Patrick Doyle, James Hoare and Marion Herbain easily throw off the tongue in cheek references to ghostly romances and suicides to elegantly distill the essence of an aimless twenty-something existence--the collective anxieties, tensions and confusion of moving from adolescence into fully fledged adulthood--into a set of immaculately conceived and perfectly wrought pop songs. Veronica Falls' self-titled debut was released to universal acclaim in September 2011, including great reviews from Pitchfork, The New York Times, The Big Takeover, Spin, Pop Matters and more. Two sold-out coast-to-coast US tours followed, aided by strong radio airplay across college radio (Top 20 CMJ) and key non-commercial outlets (trend setters KEXP, KCRW, WXRT). Lead-off stream ''Teenage'' has garnered over 50k streams, landing it in the Hype Machine Top 10 charts. All signs are pointing to ''Waiting For Something To Happen'' being poised to be one of the breakout hits of 2013.

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''...Since their earliest singles, Veronica Falls seem to have figured out the deceptively simple, age-old secret to transcending influences: They just keep writing really good songs. This remains true on the band's second album, ''Waiting for Something To Happen,'' which is not a huge departure from the debut but instead a showcase for subtle, wise tune-ups in the band's machinery. The chemistry between Clifford and James Hoare's dueling lead guitars is still strong, and the band's signature multi-part harmonies are as lush as they've ever been. Perhaps the most noticeable change is that ''Waiting'' feels like a warmer record. ''Waiting'' still broods with the intensity of teenage love poems, but the approach here is more Romantic than Gothic. These aren't songs about heartbreak caused by ghosts, spirits, or dead poets; they're about the more ordinary variety of heartbreak between real, live people. Veronica Falls aren't the only jangly, guitar-driven band out there that can write a memorable pop hook. What sets them at the head of the pack isn't so much their songwriting chops (though they've definitely got them) as it is the lush, full-screen scope of their sound. This atmosphere sounds fully realized on ''Waiting for Something To Happen,'' which was recorded mostly without overdubs and with all four band members playing live in the studio. You can tell Veronica Falls approach the interplay between guitars, bass and drums as carefully as they do their vocal harmonies, and that sense of interlocking group energy gives their sound a roughness, but also fullness and a warmth. ''Waiting'' is another strong collection of guitar pop gems from a band quickly proving itself to be a better, more elusive quantity than any easy genre tag might suggest. --Pitchfork, Feb. 12, 2013

''Veronica Falls matches every dark emotion with a patch of sunlight; sinister guitar riffs, ghostly reverb, and morose lyrics are offset by feel-good hooks, sweet harmonies, and surf-pop pep.'' --The New Yorker

''Yet in the hands of Veronica Falls the familiar approach sounds both innocent and strategic; there's eagerness in the way the whole band attacks every note, while the tiniest acceleration in tempo feels like a headlong rush, especially as the voices converge. In songs about getting swept up by infatuation the music sounds like a suddenly shared, irresistible impulse.'' --New York Times
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 12, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Slumberland Records
  • ASIN: B00AY1T3K8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This LP's title, 'Waiting For Something To Happen', is apt. Nothing ever evolves or devolves on this pithy LP. Pick any song at random, and odds are it plays out at nearly the same tempo as the ones that bookend it. Pick any stanza of lyrics at random, and odds are it will leave you with the impression of ease dropping on a casual conversation intent on passing the time of day with fluffy endearments and equally fluffy moments of self-examination dotting its speech. Okay, 'Buried Alive' is odd. Still, about a third of these songs would serve as an ideal musical backdrop in a Scooby Doo episode where the characters are scurrying back and forth in the hallway going from room to room. Then again, that is always the best part of any episode!

I've had this LP in my life for six months, and I've found myself listening to it as much as anything else put out this year. I did not fully appreciated that up until a few weeks ago, and when I did I found myself asking "why"? 'Waiting For Something To Happen' bleeds of R.E.M.'s clever, youthful urgency (circa the vital and insightful I.R.S. label/Mitch Easter material). While it probably never delivers on the anticipation that it fosters (though track 6 just might), that hardly diminishes how enjoyable being on the edge of your seat is. Nothing about 'Waiting for Something to Happen' is strained, and this puts my expectations at ease. While too much of the LP's phrasing is repeated here and there to allow this LP to be deemed "great" in my book, it IS a collection of songs that unexpectedly sustains its welcome to such a degree that it earned my respect. I try not to take life's simple joys for granted, and this LP is that from the start to finish -nothing more, but certainly nothing less.
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Whereas Veronica Falls' debut was filled with reverb-drenched, frenetic-yet-haunting songs reminiscent of Black Tambourine or the C86 "twee" sound of the 80's, only with intricate vocal harmonies, 'Waiting for Something to Happen' features a dreamier, warmer vibe, with its intertwining jangly guitars and clearer vocals resulting in a much fuller sound. While these songs may not have the immediacy of their debut, the beautiful melodies and harmonies more than make up for it.

The overall sound here actually shares as much in common with the breezy, beach-y dream-pop of bands like Real Estate or Beach Fossils as it does the eerie post-punk of their debut. The stellar "Teenage" is a good example, with it's fluid rhythms and blissed-out guitars, but those other bands never had the just-plain-gorgeous boy-girl harmonies found here. "If You Still Want Me" has been stuck in my head all day, with it's layered, overlapping vocals riding along on a bouncing rhythm that's nearly impossible to not bob your head to.

Two key areas where this album differs from the previous are the clearer, fuller-sounding production, and the drumming, which features a more standard "rock" style, with actual crashing cymbals every few seconds that gives it a more accessible, radio-friendly sound. In no way are these things negatives, imo, as the infectious melodies--this band's strong suit--are more up front now, and are only accentuated by the cymbals.

'Waiting for Something to Happen' maintains it's dreamy, jangle-pop vibe throughout, which can be both a positive and a negative. All the songs here fit together, but the lack of variety means the album can get a bit "samey" when listened to straight through. However, each song is essential listening for fans of this style, and they definitely won't be coming out of my rotation anytime soon.
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Sonically, better than their S/T debut -- a little more twee-pop and better production value, but musically, a little less varied. It admittedly took several listens to grow on me -- I still like the first album a lot more because, to me, it is more interesting. I would say if you were to introduce someone to the band, go with this one first, then the first album.

Stand out songs are Waiting for Something to Happen, Buried Alive, and Shooting Star; overall it's a solid album, love them.
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Veronica Falls is a band that continues to amaze. They meld a sinister pop smattering of girl group spector-ish songcraft with the more melodic strains of the shoegaze age. The added bonus is that the album plays as an album. No filler - no reason to skip around to find the songs you like - all songs fit into the band's realization of the album as a whole. I could begin listing the best songs, but my favorites shift to the day and my mood because the album is THAT good. Buy it now, you won't regret it - if you love Pains of Being Pure at Heart and similar bands THIS is the necessary album for you to own in 2013.
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