The Good Graces - Bring On The Tambourines!
It's good to hear The Good Graces' Kim Ware lighten up. That's exactly the feeling one gets when one listens to the band's forthcoming EP Bring On The Tambourines! the follow up to their 2008 debut album.
Ware is in fine form with this lighthearted effort. Songs like the opener "Bad Driver" show us glimpses of a new found sense of humour. Ware using plain talk to relate a story we can all empathize with (her use of the word 'jackassery' doesn't hurt either). By not couching her lyrics in flowery language, The Good Graces become far more easily related.
Equally humorous is "I Miss the '90s", a track on which Ware enumerates many of the things she misses about the decade (among them Bill Cosby and flannel). Awkward Spanish is busted out on "Yo No Puedo Hablar Espanol", which also boasts a Johnny Cash-like boom-chick-boom.
The Good Graces do begin to mope a bit with the closer "Pretty New Song". But other than that blip, it seems like the clouds have been lifted and the music is moving in a shiny happy new direction.
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