THE TROUBLE DOLLS
(Half A Cow)
Talk about trouble! This disc has been hidden somewhere in my “To Review” pile for some time now and somehow I never got to it but it’s always better late than never. Right Matty?
As far as I’m concerned, great music has no expiry date so here goes –
That’s a quality that one cannot help noticing when listening to The Trouble Dolls. Even in the so-called quieter moments like the sublimely melancholy “I Don’t Know Anything At All” (previously found on an earlier EP) where Cheri pulls on your heart-strings with the expertise of a surgeon. Elsewhere, its angular majesty (“Japanese Gum”), Rubber Soul-ish folk-rock ambience (“Marcelle”), powerpop authority (“I Finally Figured Out”/”Sticky”), harmonic excellence (“December”) and arty ambition (“Meeting on the Side”) announces Sticky’s status as a modern pop album of importance and note.
Timeless and essential, Sticky is one for every pop epicure to relish. A+