Here Lies Betty Curse
Manufactured prima-Madonna actress or off-kilter attitude chick with her finger pushing the pulse of the alternative scene? As usual, in these cases the answer lies in a murky mixture between the two standpoints. The spiralling goth/rock, ache out of 'God This Hurts' features a poignant vocal grip that eeks out defiance, but the accompanying sound is as polished as a brass knob, detracting slightly from the raw feel. However, the follow on track 'Girl With Yellow Hair', is puerile punk that kids should be listening to, it is harmless yet feisty and catchy at the same time. The fat bass lines of Adam Curse (all five band members are cursed with the same surname), rumble like a gorillas stomach and help to propel the disdain of this young vixen, as she draws you into the world of an outsider with a piercing chorus being the coup de grace.
The instrumentals start a drop back into The Cure territory to take on an atmospheric stance and the booming choruses drop in prominence in favour of sultry song building. 'Do You Mind (If I Cry)?' and 'Dark Dark World' exemplifies this approach, reading like a lonely teenager's poem and does show that a lot of attention has been given to the whole approach, rather than trying to simply play out role of an incarnation of Emily Strange. A romantic interlude,' Beautiful Together' shows up a tender side behind all the blood and goth. The slower and more thoughtful side continues into 'The Look On Tony's Face', whereby the haughty vocals are pushed along by sliding guitars. 'Rot In Heaven' is truly what Betty Curse is about, a simple rock song that turns around conventions and uncovers the sleaze in everyday life with punchy provocation. This ends a surprisingly varied and hearty offering that belies the one dimensional off-spin tag that the name implies.
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