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Pure Spun Sugar

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The picture included on this booklet reads "less punk than you can shake a stick at" accompanied by a picture of the Sex Pistol and the word "noise" crossed out. No gruff, hard-guy, muscle-headed bands to be found on this compilation. Instead, Pure Spun Sugar features nothing but girl-fronted rock bands from all over the world. Most of this consists of light-hearted indie pop; standouts of this style include Red Dye No. 5, Poastal and the Cheery Smash. But for some reason, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, who completely stand out sounding more like a Brit-pop band, are included on here. Still, Pure Spun Sugar is a fine representation this much-overlooked genre, recommended just so one could see what they've been missing.

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