Ruby Keeler

Shiver Shiver

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Ruby Keeler's Shiver Shiver is a short and erratically interesting LP of lo-fi Philadelphia pop. In the opening track, "Midland: Next Two Exits," Jeremy Baddock's Luna-like vocals skulk around tightly plucked guitar chords and a muffled rhythm section, sounding like a lost Mark Kozelek demo if he had ever covered the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" instead of something by AC/DC. Elsewhere, the album focuses on up-tempo tracks and things hold up less well. Stumbling into post-Pavement status quo indie rock, "Buick of Julie's Heart" and "Helena Bonham Carter (No Relation)" weigh the album down. If it weren't for "Gray Sunny Day," an appealingly synthesized, violins-laden sequel to the Flaming Lips' "Race for the Prize," there'd be little to suggest a band worth keeping an eye on.

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