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The Maybellines

"Chatfield Holiday" CD

Best Friends Records

Genres: indie pop, twee pop, pop

Best Friends
PO Box 48214
Denver, CO 80204

Feb 10 - 16 2003

There ain't nothin' happier than indie pop in this here world, and The Maybellines aim to prove it.  Using a simple combination of guitar, bass, drums, and saccharine-sweet vocals, they've crafted Chatfield Holiday into a cerebrum-massaging, sugar-coated delight.

"Oregon," the album's first track, is a perfect example of the Maybelline sound.  A rolling guitar line is coupled with smooth organ chords to form the backbone of the song, with carefree girl/boy vocals in the foreground.  The song is undeniably happy, and its simple melody is more infectious than the common cold.

"Drama Queen" is slightly more powerful, with a bit of guitar distortion used to give it a more speedy, energetic sound - kind of like what Elf Power did with "Everlasting Scream."  Fortunately, it's still just as catchy as the other tunes, and adds a nice variety from the simple twee-esque sound of the rest of the album.  Meanwhile, "I Just Had The Best Time" also diverts from the other songs' style.  With a kind of bittersweet tone, the track has a little bit of a sad tinge to it that lends the collection a certain stylistic depth.

Altogether, The Maybellines have done a great job with Chatfield Holiday.  Happy and carefree, with influences ranging from Of Montreal to Beulah, it should appeal to any indie pop fan, but be careful - like sugar, large doses of The Maybellines can leave an annoyingly sweet aftertaste in your mouth.  Keep it at one dose a day and you'll be digging Chatfield Holiday for ages.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 songs, distributed by HHBTM, released 2002]