Album Review: The Happy Hollows – Spells

The following was originally published on Exclaim.ca.

thehappyhollows-spells

The Happy Hollows
Spells
By Jessica Lewis

For a debut release, it’s hard not to fall under the Happy Hollows’ Spells. The strong opening track, “Faces,” constructs a world of suspense and elation, and is damn catchy, setting the bar high. But once that feeling subsides, getting into the rest of the album isn’t hard. It’s a good thing producer David Newton stuck around after the Imaginary EP; he’s kept the Hollows’ sound messy but contained. Front-woman Sarah Negahdari gives Spells the feeling of a fuzzy, erratic spree, but it’s the rhythms of Charles Mahoney and Chris Hernandez that drive the tempos from toe tapping to arm flailing. Tracks such as “We Will Find You” come dangerously close to another California-based band of cute beat dealers ― Deerhoof ― but they’re quickly redeemed with “Lieutenant,” which showcases the band as a whole, and “Tambourine,” which keeps the rock hot and the roll cool. However, there are some tracks that should have been left behind, including “Delorean,” which sounds forced. The Happy Hollows are indeed bubbly, witty and a good listen. Spells not only fulfils but also leaves room for improvement. (Independent)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s