Burning Up in Style

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Between 1999's South of Boredom and 2002's Oh Tahoe, Beezewax would release a number of singles and EPs, among them the Burning Up in Style 7" single on Norway's SuperDuperHero's Recordings. On the single's title track and its B-side, "The Bad Ways Stick," the Norwegian power pop quartet expands its sound to include trumpet (courtesy of guest Guro Kraft), while making piano a prominent part of the mix for the first time. Kraft's horn lends the nearly mid-tempo "Burning Up in Style" a certain "Penny Lane" effect; it's double-tracked on the song's bashing coda for added emphasis. The hyperactive "The Bad Ways Stick," meanwhile, would fit amiably on Beezewax's glorious debut LP, A Dozen Summits, all backing "ooohs" and simple yet magnificent three-chord riffs. Its explosive energy trumps that of its A-side counterpart.

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