"Head Smashed In By The Boy/Girl Thing"
Genres: indie pop, dream pop, acoustic pop
123 Old Christchurch Road Bournemouth
BH1 1EP, UK
May 19 - 25 2003
can anybody not like Betika's Head Smashed In By The
Boy/Girl Thing? A whole eight songs of delicate, beautiful
acoustic pop never hurt anyone, and it would be futile to deny
yourself the pleasure of the terrifically-written pop contained on this disc.
Starting with a Belle and Sebastian influenced mellow pop
number, "I've Been in an Accident," this album shifts into
relaxation mode and never quits. Gems like "One Day My
House Will Be Flooded" and "Dance And Scream" are
plentiful; the former in this case is a dreamily sparse pop tune, the
latter a Nick Drake-tinged folk-pop number.
Two of the eight songs on this disc are previously unavailable
"bonus tracks," but instead of being unnecessary and monotonous like
extra tracks usually are, they actually add something to Head
Smashed In... "Which Way Will I Go," for example,
is a cheery pop number with a less acoustic sound than the rest of the
album, and "Hunting
With Dogs," which finishes the CD off, is an adorable pop
number somewhere in the vein of Mojave 3.
Overall, this is a fantastic album that can be enjoyed by
anyone. If you like mellow, delicate dream pop, then Betika's
Head Smashed In By The Boy/Girl Thing could become your new
8 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2001]