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Femiguitarr – CHERRY GLAZERR: Stuffed & Ready (Secretly Canadian, 2019)

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Si de alguna manera tuviéramos que reescribir el Pop de guitarras de los noventa, seguro que CHERRY GLAZERR nos daría una muy buena pista de cómo enfocarlo, con ese sentido del hedonismo tan marcado a veces como el del sentimiento angustioso post-adolescente, siempre aderezado por unas guitarras ásperas y más que afiladas y unos estribillos gozosos. Eso sí, sus ideas feministas algo cercanas al radicalismo son algo chirriantes.

The winding path of Cherry Glazerr‘s evolution began with bandleader Clementine Creevy writing strange and often juvenile songs as a teenager and just several years later had moved through phases of quirky garage grunge to arrive at the cold, polished sheen of third album Stuffed & Ready. Always centered around Creevy‘s increasingly dark musings, each album has upped production and more accurately dialed in a re-creation of ’90s grunge angst. The muscular power chords and hyperconfident thrust of 2017’s Apocalipstick were a far cry from the spooky songs about grilled cheese sandwiches and house pets that the band started out with, and Stuffed & Ready pushes further in the direction of ’90s-modelled loud-soft alt-rock. Nowhere near the garage punk outbursts or naïve pondering that earlier versions of Cherry Glazerr reveled in, the ten songs here use gloomy guitar blasts and mid-tempo rhythmic attacks as a steady framework for the distant, angular moods ofCreevy‘s songs. The tracks that stray most from this formula are the most interesting. “Daddi” laces its eerie verses with synth arpeggios, ticking drum machine hi-hats, and manipulated vocal samples, withCreevy‘s ghostly vocals recalling early Blonde Redhead before exploding into huge choruses. Similarly, “Self-Explained” slinks along, leaving enough dynamic space for its spooky sound effects and self-conscious lyrical themes to stand out. “Wasted Nun” and “Juicy Socks” are well built with barbed-wire vocal hooks that are equal parts Creevy‘s uniquely slanted songwriting and faithful grunge worship. While these are some great moments, much of Stuffed & Ready blurs to the point of interchangeability. Themes of isolation, uncertainty, and societal anger run throughout the album, but often what could be connective statements are buried beneath predictable and overused songwriting choices. As the album goes on, melodies and song structures feel recycled, and a limited emotional range begins to show. The surgical production doesn’t add any humanity or depth to a sound that’s reaching for both, and songs that could have revealed vulnerability or complex feelings just come off as trite. While the best material here represents stylistic evolution or at least enhancement of the best parts of Cherry Glazerr‘s recent sound, Stuffed & Ready as a whole spoils quickly, fizzling from righteous anthems of anger and self-questioning into monotonous and self-absorbed alt-rock rewrites” (All Music)

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6 agosto, 2019 Posted by | Cherry Glazer | Deja un comentario

Cherry Glazer: Haxel Princess (Burger Records, 2014)

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Me duele utilizar una palabra como ésta para hablar de un disco, pero, sinceramente, es lo que me ha producido este debut en disco grande del trío angelino Cherry Glazer. Les seguí la pista el año pasado con Papa Cremp, su debut, pero todo lo que apuntaban en ese trabajo creo que lo echan por la borda en este Haxel Princess, un enmarañado cajón de sastre de Punk-Pop, Garaje y algo de Noise al que sencillamente, no le encuentro el punto por ninguna parte, así que mejor leéis lo que otros dicen de él.

Cherry Glazerr‘s debut album, Haxel Princess, is the work of four L.A. kids with a very laid-back and relaxed approach to their noisy, poppy, almost ramshackle garage punk. Led by amazingly named singer/guitarist/songwriter Clementine Creevy, the band rumbles and rambles through a batch of songs that have influences in the grunge era, early lo-fi and Pavement, and garage rock, but fit in perfectly with contemporary West Coast slacker noise pop. The group never plays two notes where one will do, they only rarely boost the tempo above a creepy crawl, and Creevy has a wonderfully bored way of singing where she sounds like she’s idly passing by a mike as she nonchalantly tells tales of heroic pet dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, and used Band-Aids. It makes for a slightly weirdo approach to pop that works really well, especially since they break up the molasses-filled mood with a few romping rockers like “White’s Not My Color This Evening” and “Haxel Princess” that show Cherry Glazerr can kick up a fuss when they rouse themselves and let loose. A few of the tracks are recycled from their first EP for Burger, Papa Cremp, most notably their oddball ballad “Trick or Treat Dancefloor,” which was somehow featured in an ad campaign for Saint Laurent and made it onto the CW superhero show Arrow. Chalk it up to the times the song was released in, or to the nicely idiosyncratic sound that Creevy and crew create on the song, but there is something unique about them and it’s not surprising they caught some ears. Both the song and the album are definitely worth checking out if you like your guitar pop delivered in a decidedly off-kilter fashion” (Allmusic)

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15 mayo, 2014 Posted by | Cherry Glazer | Deja un comentario


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