Seven Day Diary

Skin and Blister

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Fronted by lead singer/guitarist Pamela Laws and bassist Nancy Hess, the northern California quintet Seven Day Diary's full-length debut, Skin and Blister, is an engaging and occasionally superb album. Musically, they start off as a little bit of the Pixies, adding some lovely female harmonies and polishing everything a bit with Gil Norton's production help. Laws sounds a bit like Pat Benatar fronting Belly on the more driving rockers, like on the tumbling "Starfish" and the driving "Today and Everyday." The galloping jangle pop and coy lyrics make "Air" a breezy standout. Skin and Blister is wonderfully dynamic and the folk-rock and dreamy vocals make "He Can" another strong track, showcasing the band's pop sensibilities. It's a debut well worth checking out.

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