The Joup Friday Album: Dum Dum Girls – Too True

13929I’m using this edition of The Joup Friday Album to exorcise my regret over not including Dum Dum Girls’ new record Too True on my best of 2014 list. Honestly, I knew this was going to happen – inevitably every year as soon as I post a list the “One that Got Away” syndrome pops up on something I didn’t hear in time. That’s not the case here though. I’ve had this album for months and had even developed quite a relationship with it, listening to it over and over on my Greyhound bus trip from Chicago to Dayton back in late October and MAN did it hit all the right buttons as I stared out the window at Autumn in the Midwest. And yet, despite my immediate love of Too True, and despite contemplating putting it on the list, not everything can make a list of ten, so it was one of the ones I cut.

And now I’m listening to it over and over everyday.

I have several of Dum Dum Girls’ previous records and I’ve liked them all as each came to me, but none of that back catalgoue has ever been what I’d call an essential part of my daily/weekly/monthly music rotation. I knew Too True was different the moment I put it on the first time. This is the album principal member/songwriter Dee Dee Penny has been building to over the course of those previous albums/EPs and it’s on Too True that she has, I think, found her sound. Going forward I will definitely be waiting with baited breath for the follow-up.

The delicious 80s Cure/Smiths element of Dum Dum Girls’ music is fully realized here – but not on the surface. If you’re a fan of the darker side of 80s music you’ll hear it in here; you’ll be able to tell those groups were important to Ms. Penny in her formative years and you’ll feel a kinship with her for it. But the truly beautiful thing about Dum Dum Girls’ music is how those influences have now helped Dee Dee update and expand on that sound. Track #3, Rimbaud Eyes is perhaps the best example of that and definitely my favorite song on a record where I love every song, but listen to the entire thing and, of course, if you dig it, buy it!

Tag Joe, and welcome back into the fold!

Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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