August 21, 2008

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Uh Huh Her, Common Reaction
Nettwerk Records, Aug. 19

Chick-flick indie-tronic duo co-piloted by Leisha Hailey, who portrays Alice Pieszecki on Showtimes’s The L Word. A fusion of Loreena McKennitt, Sixpence None the Richer, Garbage and Sarah McLachlan, the vocals are overacted in the same way that gritty TV shows suffer from same; every breathy line is sung as though the girls are auditioning for the warmup slot for Celtic Woman. That’s not to detract at all from the pair’s seamless harmonies, so tight and indistinguishable they sound like the life’s work of twin sisters, but a little male vocalizing or hamming it up would have been a nice break, because as is, it’s a little too perfect, something regular Janes with respectably snarky intelligence would have a little trouble relating to. As new-age-vs-bar-band escapism for the drive home from yoga class, however, it’s more than adequate. “Not a Love Song” sums up their core angle of McKennitt fronting Garbage, “Wait Another Day” has a refrain euphoric enough to calm the nerves of the most desperate soccer mom, and “Everyone” is punctuated with the bloopy orchestral hammer-ons native to Enya. B+Eric W. Saeger