The Chapin Sisters, 'Lake Bottom LP' (Plain Recordings)

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Lake Bottom LP
Critical Mass
Label: Plain Recordings

by Amanda Petrusich

In 2004, the Chapin Sisters' acoustic cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic" began popping up on Los Angeles radio stations; the trio may have been singing through smirks, but they converted the dance-pop grind into a genuinely unnerving (maybe even prescient?) saga of self-destruction. That gothic sarcasm carries over to their debut album, where they overcome a precious conceit -- three sisters singing in immaculate three-part harmony over spare acoustic arrangements -- by folding in black comedy ("Don't want to live sad and lonely / So go get a rock / And just stone me").

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