Dressy Bessy

Sound Go Round

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Alternative bubblegum quartet Dressy Bessy oozes with sex appeal on Sound Go Round, a short, sharp collection of cute love songs rendered as if they were vintage '60s AM radio singles. Ultimately the band soars via concise classic Brill Building pop-meets-British Invasion songcraft and playful pop arrangements made for mass consumption. Singer/songwriter Tammy Ealom is the center attraction, cooing and dropping G-rated innuendoes ("it's hard as heck") as guitarist John Hill underpins the overtly candy-coated wordplay with minimally distorted counterpoint that rescues the ensemble from sounding like cartoon characters. If this record came out in 1965 they'd be superstars; however, in 2002 they would have to settle for cult favorites. Bouncy, melodic, and uplifting, Sound Go Round is good, clean fun.

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