The Jolenes

Rinse and Repeat

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This all-female trio has much in common with the likes of the Bangles and the Go-Go's, but the introductory country-tinged rock of "Shampoo" might not initially give that impression. Generally though, this record teems with sweet harmonies, tight arrangements, and punk-pop infectious hooks. "Princess Coffee Castle" is a slow, ambling trip in melancholy before Christina Wolfe's bassline kicks things into a great and frantic punk rock mode. This continues with "Spare Tire Liar," as singer and main songwriter Katy Sanford sounds a cross between Belinda Carlisle and the Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan. There are also plenty of garage rock riffs, especially with the cavity-inducing "Kelly's Got a Stalker," which changes pace in certain places. But for the most part, tunes like "What You Want" are the true gems here, resembling a tamer version of the Breeders or the Amps. Named after the Dolly Parton song, the Jolenes give numbers less intensity, particularly "Policeman," a song that sounds more like a rehearsal take. But it's quickly forgotten with the Blondie-inspired cut, "Marvin Lee." The homestretch of the album includes the sparse but infectious "Dear Diary," and an ambitious cover of Olivia Newton-John's hit "Physical." This record is a great start for a promising band.

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