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Places

09/04/2007 | Babysue.com LMNOP.com | www.lmnop.com | Album Review
Cool, punchy, upbeat, modern underground pop from John Davis and Laura Burhenn who, when they record music together, call themselves Georgie James. John and Laura write their songs together and then take turns handling lead vocals. Unlike most duos where one person's voice obviously outshines the other's, these folks' vocals are both equally focused and effective. Places features twelve tracks, all of which feature mentally absorbing melodies and thoughtful lyrics. Davis and Burhenn borrow ideas and sounds from the past...all the while presenting their tunes with all the flexibility that the twenty-first century allows. Their self-admitted influences include The Kinks, Richard and Linda Thompson, The Jam, and the Flamin' Groovies. We can hear traces of these artists (and more) on this album. What impresses us most here are the songs. These compositions are smart, thoughtful, and ultimately very catchy and substantial. Smooth feelgood cuts include "Look Me Up," "Cake Parade," "More Lights," "Cheap Champagne," and "Only Cause You're Young."
Places

Places

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