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  • Summary: This is the debut disc for the duo of Beachwood Sparks/Tyde member Brent Rademaker and vocalist Michelle Loiselle, featuring contributions from Mia Doi Todd and members of The Warlocks, Rooney and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
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  1. Rather than break new ground, Rademaker, Losielle, and friends have chosen to have some fun making a record that would have sounded fantastic 20 years ago. While maybe not quite fantastic today, somehow it manages to sound fresh enough in 2004 that you’ll be glad you gave it a chance.
  2. They are a lot more inspired-sounding than many of their more contemporary-sounding colleagues.
  3. At times it sounds like pastiche but when they're themselves... the 'Couture...' club are amazing. [6 Nov 2004, p.59]
  4. Unsurprisingly, Rademaker makes his mark when he forsakes goth-rock and embraces his jangle-pop roots.
  5. It's yet another example of talented people looking backward for inspiration and getting stuck there.
  6. 60
    Revives the windswept drama of Porcupine-vintage Echo & The Bunnymen. [Dec 2004, p.99]
  7. For all their merits, Frausdots suffer from the same affliction that plagued Beachwood Sparks. They mimic the sounds of the past and do little to improve upon them. [#7]

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  1. NeilG
    Feb 19, 2005
    If the Earlies can make the best of year list Frausdots should be contenders this year as it is an infinetly better record with genuine melodies.Brent Rademaker has made a record of charm and obvious talent , entirely undeserving of it's mid range scoring.At times it's psychedelic pop achieves real greatness and deserves far more recognition than it is currently getting. Expand