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09/27/2007 | Big Takeover | www.bigtakeover.com | Feature
Comprising multi-instrumentalist John Davis (formerly of the Dischord-affiliated art-punk combo Q And Not U) and singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn, Georgie James is a new Washington D.C. duo that expands to a quartet for live performance (with Davis singing and playing guitar, Burhenn on keyboards and vocals, plus a bassist and drummer.) With part of the group's legacy stemming from the austere Dischord scene, some listeners may be surprised by how poppy, melodic, and downright hummable the late '60s/early '70s-centric Places isóbut what a welcome change this great album makes. "Cake Parade" is an oblique yet incredibly catchy anti-war anthem (simultaneously sad and happy-sounding) that makes you wonder why more bands aren't addressing such topics, let alone in such an artful way. The swoony, melancholic "Long Week" could be a pop hit, if radio wasn't a graveyard.
The EP pairs two standout tracks from the album (including the aforementioned "Cake Parade") with a somber reading of Simon & Garfunkel's 1970 Bridge Over Troubled Water staple, "El Condor Pasa.
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