Album review

Joy Zipper - The Stereo And God

Frustrated after failed business negotiations pushed the release of their American Whip album back into 2004, boy-girl duo Joy Zipper entered a New York studio with indie legend Kramer (Shimmydisc proprietor, producer of Galaxie 500 and many others) and knocked out this 21-minute mini album in a couple of days. Gratifyingly, their bad feelings didn't erupt into a maelstrom of punky catharsis. Rather, they've produced a chugging, grungey three-chord pop of rare intimacy and warmth. Of the six tracks here, two ("Gun Control" and "Check Out My New Jesus") are reworkings of old songs, the other four being split between Vincent Cafiso and Tabitha Tindale. All of them are marked by a brave, embattled innocence.

Rating: 3 / 10


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