Help Stamp Out Loneliness - Help Stamp Out Loneliness (Music CD)

Release Date: 09 May 2011
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Help Stamp Out Loneliness may have their roots in the twee pop of the Language of Flowers, but their debut album is anything but precious or twee. (Not that there�s anything wrong with that.) The 12 songs share DNA with the classic indie pop sound of jangling guitars, bopping rhythms, and layers of parping keyboards (again, not a bad sound at all), but the band adds an extra bit of drama and depth thanks in part to the rich arrangements. The vocals of D. Lucille Campbell are what really takes them out of the restrictions of the genre. She�s not a cutie-pie singer at all; instead, she�s a real crooner who twists and caresses the words like they were departing lovers. For easy reference, think Morrissey in a thrift-store dress. Or maybe Tracey Thorn if she had a light heart instead of one made of old teardrops. The vocals are a daring high-wire act and Campbell makes it through with hardly a stumble. She can lightly trip through the bouncy melodies of a song like "Angelyne," essay dark drama as on "Record Shop," or get very dramatic on a cold new wave-influenced song like "S*W*I*M," all with equal aplomb. A great voice without songs to sing is a total waste, though, and luckily the songs here are uniformly hooky and fun, built on easy-to-hum-along-with choruses and witty lyrics. The combo of wonderful arrangements, super catchy songs, and Campbell�s lovely vocals makes this a debut to treasure. ~ Tim Sendra
Release Date: 09 May 2011

1. Cottonpolis + Promises
2. Angelyne
3. Record Shop
4. Ghost with a Hammer in His Hand
5. Biergarten
6. Palma Violence
7. My Window
8. Me, Sola & C
9. Cellophane
10. S*W*I*M
11. Tracy Tracy
12. Split Infinitives

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Catalogue No: HSOL001CD