Vivian Girls, 'Share the Joy' (Polyvinyl)

Share the Joy
Critical Mass
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Label: Polyvinyl

by Chris Martins

"I don't wanna be like the other girls," Cassie Ramone drones at the start of Share the Joy, an album that aims to further the modern, girl group-influenced garage-rock archetype the Vivs have done as much as anyone to popularize. As an opener, "Other Girls" might be overcompensation -- six minutes of sour melodies, psych jangle, and prog progression. But it does eventually resolve into "I Heard You Say," a dash of wintry Mamas and Papas pop. Sadly, the trio regresses from there, simply shining up versions of the same old loose, punky love songs they've been hawking for years.

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