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Places

Author: William Carey
09/25/2007 | Amplifier | www.amplifiermagazine.com | Album Review
Georgie James seems primed to make a big splash on the indie scene with their Saddle Creek debut record, Places. The strength lies in the songwriting and the most obvious thing about this duo is that they write immensely hummable, catchy songs. This is no easy feat, and should translate to a good deal of success for the group. The McCartney influence is perhaps the most obvious, but there are a good deal of other more subtle ones as well; such as the Jam, the Kinks, and a good healthy dose of respect for 60's-70's era pop. The end result comes out a little Death Cab, a little Belle and Sebastian, and a little like former Saddle Creek artists, Rilo Kiley. Bright Eyes has firmly established Saddle Creek in the indie world and Georgie James is sure not only to please established fans of the label but most likely will widen the label's appeal as well. The band is composed of John Davis and Laura Burhenn, with Davis playing drums, bass, and guitar and Burhenn switching between Wurlitzer and piano. The music on the record covers a lot of territory; they switch easily between styles, running the gamut from very capable art-rock, a la Talking Heads, with a guitar sound most recently favored by bands like Franz Ferdinand and Clap Your Hands, to a lovely piano pop more in the mold of a Rufus Wainwright or Fiona Apple. The record is highly recommended as the songs shine in whatever context. Guaranteed you will be singing along, then humming them for days and days.
Places

Places

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