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The Burnettes

"We'd Better Be Dreaming" CD

Go-Rock Records

Genres: folk pop, indie pop

July 18 - 24 2005

I listened to The Burnettes' We'd Better Be Dreaming right after Bettie Serveert's classic Palomine, and I can't help but notice the similarities.  This disc sounds a lot like Palomine's calmer material - considerably less depraved, sure, but Cora Burnette has a voice not unlike Van Dyk's, and the subtly twisted guitars also reek of familiarity.  Of course, this doesn't tell the whole story - I also hear Ween, Sparklehorse, and PJ Harvey in here - from cheery romps like "Honest" and "A Word to the Stupid" to slower bits of melodrama "Falling Under" and "We'd Better Be Dreaming."  This is decidedly folk-pop, but as can be expected these days, there's a strong country angle as well.  Overall, this is a really strong sophomore album from the Burnettes, and one I'd definitely pull out and listen to on my own time.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 14 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]