Monday, April 11, 2011

tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l

Album Review
May 2011

Cover Art: tUnE-yArDs, 'w h o k i l l'

A uke, a wildly versatile voice, and a frisky attitude

"I am not beautiful," Merrill Garbus hollers near the end of 2008's BiRd-BrAiNs, her no-fi pop-folk debut as tUnE-yArDs. Jury-rigged from ukulele, field recordings, and Garbus' own powerhouse, Afropop-influenced voice -- here a twee murmur, there a soulful honk -- the record reveled inits inadequacies. Adding bassist Nate Brenner, fancier mics, and augmented sonics, this sophomore album cleans up without sacrificing charm. The songs are more consistent, too, flashing a certain lyrical swagger, careening from terrific sex to celebratory violence to uncomfortable cultural realities.

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Press Mentions

"Goes over the top and stays there to very nice effect."
-- David Carr, The New York Times

"I wasn't fully convinced. But I was interested."
-- Rob Walker, The New York Times

" Marc Hogan wrote in Spin..."
-- Maureen Dowd, The New York Times

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