Manda & The Marbles

Angels with Dirty Faces

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If you weren't convinced that Manda & the Marbles were '80s throwbacks on More Seduction, then there will be no doubt about it on Angels with Dirty Faces (not to be confused with the Tricky record of the same name). The primary reason is the addition of keyboardist Elias Dubok, who takes most opportunities to help make the band sound like they're at a high-school prom in 1984. For that reason, Manda & the Marbles seem cartoonish at times. But with a punk undercurrent, improved songwriting, and slick harmonies, the band are more mature than they initially lets on in fun tunes such as "Ode to Rock" and "Lipstick." "Say Anything" (aside from the title it shares with a popular film from 1989), is notable for a keyboard part that will bring to mind Scandal's "Goodbye to You" or the Cure's "In Between Days." The ballad "Seventeen," where Manda recalls and misses her past, is another nice surprise.

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