Vivian Girls - Vivian Girls
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  • Summary: The debut album for the Brooklyn trio is less than 22 minutes long.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. By the time the track 'Where Do You Run To'--and its echoing impersonation of Joy Division's 'A Means To An End'--shambles by, Vivian Girls morphs from a work of nosebleed pop into something icy and numbing.
  2. They reproduce, even with simple materials and simple words, complex emotions and ideas. And at the same time, they just make you want to sing, freak-out, and play beach-blanket bingo in a basement.
  3. Somehow, the 21 minutes spent with Vivian Girls are innocent and punctuated by brief moments of euphoria that make this debut more than worthwhile.
  4. 80
    Like their English ancestors, the Girls deal almost exclusively in exuberance and wonderment, making found squalls and rattles sound like their own. But that might have more to do with the copious amounts of reverb echoing through the album’s best songs.
  5. Vivian Girls appear more than two decades after most of their influences did--and cultural context alone make this proudly understated debut a welcome addition to the balkanized milieu of contemporary pop. [Fall 2008, p.78]
  6. 70
    The recording quality on their debut album is admirably scuzzy; the drums sound like somebody’s banging a cereal box on the floor, which is part of the immediate charm.
  7. Working at breakneck speed, Vivian Girls is sloggy, hampered by the cloying feeling that the lo-fi shtick is simply too on-the-nose.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. ChileH
    Aug 8, 2009
    This is an amazing album! To dislike it because it gets praise is entirely stupid. Every song on here is addictive and will be running through your head all hours after a few listens-and this is a good thing. Get this. NOW. Expand
  2. JeremyF
    Oct 27, 2008
    "Tell The World" is the only amazing track. It really is incredible. But as for the album as a whole, it's rather boring. These girls are not untalented, they just made a boring album. I mean, play the first like 1 or 2 seconds of each song in succession, in they all start with the same sounding, same-tone guitar. It gets too samey. Expand
  3. timE
    Sep 11, 2009
    Shoegazing and twee are my favorite genres and I go crazy for all girls groups so I don't know why I wasn't swooning over this record. I expected to be blown away since it has everything I like about music but the singing is really bland. You can't tell the singers apart. They actually sound really bored when singing kind of like they're the female versions of Stephen Malkmus lacking emotions and passion behind their music. It's also similar to early Raveonettes before they actually started SINGING where they might as well just be humming to the music instead of attempting to sing. Really disappointing. Expand
  4. STeGoo
    Oct 11, 2008
    Talulah Gosh, Strawberry Story! I enjoy the late eighties/early 90's lo-fi but it has been done before and with greater return. I dislike Vivian Girls because of the praise and interest people seem to be giving this release. I cannot understand why every reviewer doesn't hear the Talulah Gosh/strawberry Story complete impersonation. Expand
  5. MikeF
    Aug 25, 2009
    Lame, boring, over-hyped. there is barely half an album here in terms of length, and none of it is particularly memorable. Then again, I don't go for the whole genre of bands who suck ostensibly on purpose. Expand