Veronica Falls, 'Veronica Falls' (Slumberland)

Veronica Falls
Critical Mass
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Label: Slumberland

by Jon Young

Despite vivid echoes of everyone from the overworked Velvet Underground to the underrated Lush, Veronica Falls wear the burden of history lightly on this fizzy debut, capturing the excitement of a new band getting it right. The London quartet's clanging guitars and surging rhythms never permit wistfully deadpan singer Roxanne Clifford to overstay her welcome. Meanwhile, dramatic ?vignettes like "Found Love in a Graveyard" and "Beachy Head" achieve a concise pop perfection that often eludes more polished or self-important artists. Morrissey would be wise ?to cover "Stephen."

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