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cd review: vivian girls: everything goes wrong
10 October, 2009, 10:13 PM
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Reviewed on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 by Areti Sakellaris
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In the Red
3 Stars

In a sonic boom of reverb and fury, Vivian Girls offer the follow-up to their 2008 self-titled album with Everything Goes Wrong. While the lyrics remain elusive throughout the album, Cassie Ramone’s howl and the trio’s seemed kill-or-be-killed mentality towards playing make for an engaging listen. Who cares if they are not technical mavens? Needless to say, it’s the ethos of punk to jump right into making a raucous, which is precisely what these Brooklyn-based ladies achieve.

Everything Goes Wrong is not a brazenly experimental album, nor is it rootless and shifting for cohesion. The nuances of their punk-meets-thrash sound belie the few years they’ve been together and the usual hit-or-miss nature of sophomore albums. On “Can’t Get Over You” Ramone ekes out a lament for a former beau, and while the subject is completely familiar, the Girls’ execution is overwhelmingly loaded and welcomed.

They offer short, one-two punch tracks, with the exception of “Out for the Sun” and “Double Vision,” which roll in around four minutes long and hint at what the Girls could produce: epic gems in the post-punk vein with a 21st century girl rock stamp of individualism. Clear influences from The Ramones, The Clash, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are laced into Everything Goes Wrong, and fans of The Raveonettes and My Bloody Valentine will be in good company. The Girls toured with Sonic Youth. Need we say more?