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Author: Steve Klinge
01/06/2008 | Philadelphia Inquirer | www.philly.com | Album Review
Georgie James is a D.C. duo that builds on the coed harmonies of '70s AM rock, the cheerful melodies of power pop, and the occasional blast of a glam riff for some comfortably familiar fun (although often with a bitter undercurrent).

At the start of Places, their debut, guitarist/drummer John Davis (formerly of Q and Not U) and keyboardist Laura Burhenn alternate lead vocals, whiplashing from "Cake Parade," Burhenn's candy-coated stab at militarism, to "Need Your Needs," Davis' summery breakup tune. But once Davis and Burhenn duet on the soaring "More Lights" and harmonize throughout "Henry and Hanzy," Places coalesces.

Like the New Pornographers, Georgie James can seem like masters of pastiche: The parts sound vaguely recognizable, drawn from an extensive record collection of one-hit wonders and forgotten artists from the late '60s and early '70s, but they sound natural, and joyful, together.

Places

Places

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