Dalliance

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The gist Album #2 from this noisy, poppy, punky bunch from Atlanta, Georgia The music In all honesty, when I first listened to this album I disliked it. I disliked its simplicity, its straightforwardness, its positivity and its willingness to look to the past. But after a bit of perseverance I saw the light. I saw that these traits, coupled with Jeremy Underwood's undoubted knack of writing feel good pop tunes, were the very things that make Dalliance a must own record. The influences are lovingly borrowed from, rather than aped and the pace is kept to an invigorating high for most of the record, only occasionally relaxing into some more slumbering, but equally accomplished ballads. Nearly every track has some sort of hook/key change/middle 8 that grabs you and shakes you about a bit. Dalliance is a real joy, and if you don't believe me, listen again, and again, and again (repeat until convinced). Listen to "Death With Drums" - the pounding bass, guitar and drums are overseen by ultra simplistic organ notes and a rousing chorus. Perfect summertime music. "I Hope They're Right" - one of the few slow numbers on the album. A dreamy duet with friend of the band and solo artist Madeline which shows hints of a completely new route Gold-bears could take if they so desired. "For You" - has a chorus that brings to mind endless summer days which probably don't exist outside American films from the 80's and Bruce Springsteen songs (and Gold-Bears songs). Listen if...you like The Thermals, The Hold Steady, Allo Darlin' Don't listen if...you are an eternal grouch