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CD Review: Dressy Bessy – Electrified

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In June, journalist and critic Ken Tucker pittted Dressy Bessy and Coldplay against one another. It doesn’t take a genius to see how different these two bands are. One a colorful, sweet and uplifting indie band and the other…Coldplay. “Cold” being the operative word here.

Dressy Bessy has been getting praise left and right from all kinds of people. Entertainment Weekly called them “the best thing to come out of Denver since John Elway”, which is, when you think about it, the most stupid remark to make about a band like Dressy Bessy, but there you have it. The best thing out of Denver. Spin called them “infectious” and Giant Magazine labeled “the best dressed/most awesome band” from Denver. I don’t know, but there isn’t a whole lot that comes out of Denver. Dressy Bessy deserves better comparisons here, people. Coldplay, John Elway and the best dressed band in Denver.

So I’ll compare them to one of my favorite things.

Dressy Bessy reminds me of a rootbeer float. You know how when you drop the vanilla ice cream into the rootbeer it gets all fizzy and fun? That’s Dressy Bessy. Fizzy and fun.

Or they could be compared to cotton candy. Sweet and pink and full of sugary goodness that will probably kill your teeth but you can’t get enough of it.

Tammy Ealom is that always cool girl that manages to make everything cooler than it actually is: that cheesy dress, a bad haircut, even a pimple. Her Go-Go girl vocals paired with her colorful clothes and vintage sound and the lush guitar work of John Hill (of Apples in Stereo) make for 60’s inspired pop songs with 70’s new wave and modern, fun lyrics.

You get the feeling that it’s always sunny with Dressy Bessy, even when a storm is threatening, there still seems be a hint of sunshine peeking out from behind the clouds. Even with the song, “Who’d Stop the Rain?”, it’s clear that Ealom herself can, and does, stop the rain. “You’d never see it comin’ from under my umbrella / You don’t mind if I’m dancin’ in the rain / though it’s cold outside and I could use a drink”.

The fuzzed (and buzzed out) power pop sound of the songs on Electrified sometimes feel as if they all merge together into one single song that sounds the same, but there isn’t anything wrong with that when every song makes you want to get up and dance. Why fix something that isn’t broken?

The title song, “Electrified” delivers a punchy fuzzy guitar with Ealom’s uh, electric vocals that will have you singing along and dancing in your seat with every listen and yes, it will get stuck in your head.

“If you do me wrong man, I’m comin’ after you” Ealom sings in “Stop Foolin'”, a post-punk influenced, fast-paced track with loads of attitude and snarl (well, pretty snarly, considering Ealom adorableness).

The band slows the beat down a bit with “Small”, “Try Try Try Again” and “It Happens All the Time”.

The catchy “Ringalingling” has plenty of La la la’s in it that, if it was anyone else, would get annoying, but somehow Tammy Ealom makes it just right.

Where can I find a Tammy of my very own? I almost want to stick her in my pocket. Yellow umbrella and all. I have a crush.

Complete track list:
Side 2
Stop Foolin’
Electrified
Small
She Likes It
Who’d stop the rain?
Hello Hello Hello
Ringalingling
It Happens All The Time
Call it Even
Try Try Try Again
Second Place

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  • http://www.thebmrant.com Matt

    Jones–clearly you’re not a football fan. Calling them the best thing to come out of Denver since Elway is high praise, and not a stupid comment in my estimation.

  • http://www.thebmrant.com Matt

    Oh and this has been syndicated to Advance.net, a place affiliated with about 10 newspapers around the country.

    Also please let your contact know, if you had one, that this article is published at another place.

    Thank you.

    Matt Freelove
    Music Editor

  • jones

    You’re right, I’m not a football fan. This Elway fella could live next door to me and I wouldn’t even know.