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three records in and vivian girls' blurry, sun-struck girly pop jams still sound as fresh as they always did. the ten-song 'share the joy' (first for polyvinyl) finds the threesome - guitarist / vocalist cassie ramone, bassist / vocalist kickball katy and new drummer fiona campbell - continuing to evolve and expand, building on the diy achievements of their 2008 debut, 'vivian girls', and its 2009 follow-up, 'everything goes wrong', while delivering their most memorable songs and most focused performances yet. 'share the joy's musical and emotional depth is reflected on 'the other girls' and 'light in your eyes,' each of which clocks in at over six minutes. the former tune manages to encompass hammering hardcore, beach boys-esque melodic bliss, neil young / nirvana-inflected guitar frenzy and ethereal harmonic drone, while the latter closes the album on a triumphant note of surging sonic uplift. elsewhere, 'dance if you wanna' and 'take it as it comes' rank with the band's most intoxicating pop confections, while 'lake house' and 'vanishing of time' maintain a thoughtful, introspective tone that may come as a surprise to those who'd had vivian girls pegged as a lo-fi garage outfit. vivian girls recorded 'share the joy' at rear house, the home studio run by jarvis taveniere (of the brooklyn combo woods), who engineered the album.
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