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Shy Boys / Bell House
Album:Bell House Collection:Review Shelf
Artist:Shy Boys Added:09/2018
Label:Polyvinyl Records 

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Add Date:2018-09-30 Pull Date:2018-12-02 

Album Review
jackie
Reviewed 2018-09-27 
Bell House / Shy Boys
Self-described “The Beach Boys on Robitussin” is very accurate. Surf rock/pop with Beach Boys-esque harmonization. It’s easy listening and pretty samey. Very jangley. Not for those who aren’t fans of barbershop style music. It’s not a lo-fi album, though at some points it does sound pretty bedroom pop. Vocals are sweet, borderline saccharine. It never gets that exciting, but it is pleasant to listen to. FCC Clean. Favorites: 9, 4, 5 7

1. Miracle Gro (1:18) - Hand clapping and vocals. Beach Boys-esque harmonization. Barber shop boys vocalization.

2. Take the Doggie Out (1:34) - Understated drum, guitar riffs. Surf pop-y. Vocal harmonization. Brief, but fun. Lighthearted. Doo wop sound.

3. Tragic Loss (2:10) - Builds up with guitar and drums. Starts with a solo vocalist, other singers join in for chorus. Still light and upbeat despite the name of the song. Earnest vocals.

4. *No Fun (2:30) - Strolling beat. Finger picking guitar. Softer vocals. Catchy. “Can’t keep up anymore.” Vocal harmonization less obvious. Less surf pop, more bedroom pop.

5. *Evil Sin (2:35) - Vocal harmonization from the beginning. Very catchy, barbershop style. Jangly keys at the end.

6. Basement (1:32) - Jangley. Simple lyrics “my dog escaped. I read another story on the internet.” Guitar driven track. Short and catchy, like a jingle.

7. *Something Sweet (2:03) - Catchy vocals, with repetitive guitar chords. Sounds simple and sweet. Would be a good, light interlude song between heavier songs.

8. Bell House (3:45) - Quiet drum kick, syrupy vocals. Intertwining vocals. More melancholy and downbeat.

9. **Disconnect (1:52) - Open with quiet piano chords and, soft vocals. Understated bassline. Wavering strings come in halfway.

10. Champion (3:08) - Finger snaps and guitar. Piano and guitar comes in together with hand claps. Sweet vocals. Jangly guitar chords and piano line.

Track Listing
1.Miracle Gro 6.Basement
2.Take The Doggie 7.Something Sweet
3.Tragic Loss 8.Bell House
4.No Fun 9.Disconnect
5.Evil Sin 10.Champion