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sounding off: april/may 2009 (I)

Time to round up some of the releases we haven’t had time to cover in full over the last couple of months. We’ve got 15 mini-reviews for you – a bumper edition as we skipped out on doing this in May. Our bad. In Part I, reviews of Allo Darlin’, Alondra Bentley, The Breeders and CocoRosie.

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Allo, Darlin’
Henry Rollins Don’t Dance EP ••••

The latest EP from the twee world of Elizabeth Darling, aka Allo, Darlin’, is a perky, playful uke-pop confection of namechecking goodness. The title track is a clever, bittersweet yearning for mutual musical understanding between the ‘Grease’ loving singer and a committed non-shape throwing angry punk boyfriend. The image of Henry Rollins raising his tattooed fist in the disco when the DJ plays ABBA will stay with me for a very long time. ‘Dear Stephen Hawking’ mixes science and affairs of the heart, as an obsession of with the love life of the eminent physicist is played out against a jaunty, vaguely antipodean musical backdrop. “Every body attracts every other body” sings Darling, as she wonders if Hawking can use his brilliant mind to calculate how a happy marriage might work.

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