Review: Mannequin Pussy-Romantic (Tiny Engines)

Posted: December 18, 2016 in Reviews

HOLY SHIT! At one moment Mannequin Pussy can be pummeling with a sonic assault certain to leave you bruised and bloody, and the next they can sound sweet and innocent. They convey more feeling in these short bursts (only two of eleven tracks clocks in at more than two minutes) than many bands do in an entire album. And, as the saying goes, there’s strength in diversity. And diversity is what we get from Mannequin Pussy. From the powerful garage punk of the opening track, “Kiss,” to the title track that alternates between delicate indie pop and a lusher yet angry sounding dream pop, to the straightforward old school punk sounds of “Ten” and the great pop punk “Emotional High,” there’s variety aplenty in the short eighteen minutes that is “Romantic.” I particularly love the jangly, edgy “Denial,” a track that is melodic and bouncy, but has a powerful presence, too. “Pledge” is a cool, unbalanced track that uses minimalism to great effect, with a grunge undercurrent. The closer, “Beside Yourself,” is amazing. It’s got qualities of a sacred hymn, with gorgeous harmonies that swirl around in ¾ time. It’s simple and way too short, but very effective. As is the case with this entire album. Mannequin Pussy is a band to watch.

Check it out here: https://mannequinpussy.bandcamp.com/album/romantic

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