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Hinds, Leave Me Alone (Mom+Pop Records)
CD Reviews: February 4, 2016

02/04/16



How many times have I said it — we all know all-girl bands are bright shiny objects to nerdy rock critics. They can literally do no wrong. But this one, a quartet of barely-legals from Madrid, actually does seem to have the lo-fi garage formula down pat, spanning a spectrum that has to include the Stones along with the obvious Black Lips/Velvet Underground et al. soundscaping. In their debut full-length they stay well below Courtney Love freakout level, but yeah, they’ve got their issues for sure, mostly due to problems with guys, their angst magnified by sloppy surf-rock riffing, bad falsettos and lead guitar lines that recall the foulest cheese of Nick Cave. It’s not a helpless-female situation — “Easy” has a few Chrissie Hynde moments — and there’s a certain level of growth potential, but if the fawning Pitchfork patrol is really listening to this one for revelation, let alone content, I’m a monkey’s uncle: Its biggest strength is that it’s a redundant, sloppy mess. C- 






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