Bettie Serveert - Pharmacy Of Love
- Artist: Bettie Serveert
- Album: Pharmacy Of Love
- Label: Sound of Pop
- Year of Release: 2010
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- Reviewed by: tosnob on 2010-04-21
When I think of Bettie Serveert my mind instantly hearkens back to early '90s albums Palomine and Lamprey that spawned power pop gems like "Kid's Alright" and "Tom Boy" (both of which still reside on my iPod). But the band has continued to record albums since then and return with their latest, Pharmacy of Love, on March 23rd.
The basics haven't really changed much over the course of the Dutch trio's nine studio albums. Songs like "The Pharmacy", the bouncy "Souls Travel" and the charming "Change4Me" are build around power chords and catchy hooks.
There are a few more rough edges this time around. The lead track "Deny All" boasts a harder guitar-driven sound, which coupled with the melody makes it sound like it could easily be a Donnas number. Lead singer Carol van Dyk steps out to trade cute vocals for soulful ones on "What They Call Love". The most interesting track may be the epic nine-minute guitar expedition "Calling".
That said, Pharmacy of Love is far from a groundbreaking sonic experiment. But Bettie Serveert were never that kind of band. So sit back and enjoy a solid effort.
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