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Communist Love Songs

  • 1. Go West
    2. Communist Love Song, The
    3. Coronation, The
    4. Ice Cream Cone
    5. My Blooz
    6. I Love You the Rain
    7. Sticky
    8. Rolling Rita
    9. Forensic Studies Show
    10. Born to Loose
    11. Yer Excellence
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 228

  • Credits
    ProducerMartin Bisi; Sleepyhead
    EngineerMartin Bisi

    Sleepyhead: Chris O'Rourke (guitar, vocals, keyboards); Chris Seeds (guitar, keyboards); Michael Galinsky (bass); Rachael McNally (drums, vocals).
    Recorded at B.C. Studios, Brooklyn, New York.
    Sleepyhead have a pop glow to them that doesn't subside, and with the release of COMMUNIST LOVE SONGS, they prove to be one of 1996's most easily enjoyable guitar-pop bands.
    The songwriting combo of Chris O'Rourke and drummer Rachael McNally stand out from the countless grungy groups that offer layers of feedback and are dirtying up today's pop. Surfy, reverb-heavy guitar and O'Rourke's occasional organ hooks saturate their sound. And though their vocals sometimes seem innocently wide-eyed, they're spice-up with enough sarcasm to balance the equation. The title-track sums up the Sleepyhead vibe promising (in true college dorm fashion) to "stay up all night/every night/discussing race and class."
    Personnel: Christopher O'Rourke (vocals, guitar, keyboards).
    Audio Mixer: Martin Bisi.
    Recording information: B.C. Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
    Photographers: Michael Galinsky; Shaw Caffaretta; Brooklyn Choi; Suki Hawley.
    A real step forward from Sleepyhead's first two albums, which overemphasized the noise over the pop in their noise pop sound, 1996's Communist Love Songs is a spirited and spunky album with an emotional tenor pitched somewhere between the faux nave playfulness of twee indie pop (the influence of the Pooh Sticks is all over this album) and the wistful teen angst of Shoes-style power pop. The chirpy boy-girl vocals of guitarist Chris O'Rourke and drummer Rachael McNally are better utilized in the more melodic surroundings, and the pair's sometimes goofy lyrical sense is more giddily silly than dopey. (See the clever title track and the Jonathan Richman-like "Ice Cream Cone" for details.) McNally also provides the alluringly direct "Sticky," one of several tracks that employs O'Rourke's latest toy, an old-fashioned, '60s-style Hammond organ, to good effect. Alternately silly and sexy, and always tuneful as all get out, Communist Love Songs is a non-stop delight. ~ Stewart Mason

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