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Wussy provides the '90s-rockin' goods

December 23, 2011

I review a lot of music that doesn’t yet have the critical acclaim it deserves. Wussy‘s Strawberry, on the other hand, is on the other end of the spectrum. The Cincinnatians have garnered tons of critical acclaim since they started kickin’ it in the early 2000s: Robert Christgau gave this album an A, and Village Voice has called them “one of the best bands in the world.” The band has a connection to the alt- sounds of the ’90s (both Pavement and Gin Blossoms, notably), while incorporating some ’80s jangle-pop and ’70s clang. The overall mood is one of enthusiastic slackerdom: the catchy sound never gets too wild, but it never drops into true emotive balladeering (despite flirtations with the genre). It’s remarkably consistent in mood; if you like the first track, you have a fair shot at liking every track. ’90s-style indie-rockers, rejoice!

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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