Poole

Mary Shakes Her Hair

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With this is a terrific single. Poole is threatening to put Burke, VA, on the map. "Mary" is the kind of windy, racing, ahhhhh guitar pop that Creation once specialized in a decade earlier (it would fit in well on the Patron Saints of Teenage retrospective compilation), and the thing that is most impressive is the snazzy guitar buzzes (that sound like horn parts) that come in near the end of the A-side, showing that this quartet has a deeper sense of how to make an already great song into a more memorable classic by pouring it on at the end. This is first-rate stuff. The almost-as-good flipside "Car" utilizes a popping New Order-like bassline and blasts of ripping guitar leads on top of vibrato guitar to get across, and "Meredyth on Monday" (with guest harmony vocals and bass from suddenly, tammy! are members Beth Sorrentino and Ken Heitmuller, as this was recorded at the tammys' Catbox studio in Lancaster, PA) pits ringing guitars against a hypnotic, spacey riff, into a nice, jangly chorus. Poole has made that rare artifact, a 7" that sounds like the band needs to make a full LP right away.