If you were to sit down and make a list of all the most relevant girl groups (or groups with a female vocalist) from the New Wave era and then imagine them all rolled into one you would approximate the sound of the Coathangers. Obviously the members of the Atlanta-based all-girl quartet are familiar at least with Romeo Void (“Toomerhead”) and from their home territory, the B-52s (“Stop Stomp Stompin’”).

Lead singer Julia Kugel sounds like she’s parodying Kate Bush on songs like “Bury Me” and “143” even though the songs lyrically are far from Bush’s delicate poetry. To the contrary Kugel sings like she’s lost her mind and is determined to keep chirping all the way to the sanitarium.

Grade: B



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