September 14, 2006

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The Vestals, Songs About Girls… and Other Mysteries
Warming House Records, 2006

My goodness, Vestals, you’re so fabulous that odds simply have to favor your hitting the big time, in an indie-rock way of course! Your devilishly clever strategy of making like a friendly Oasis for one song and then messing with everyone’s heads by imitating XTC/Gang of Four the next will leave all your post-post-Beatles competition in the dust without doubt! You know what’s a cool touch, too, is the dot-dot-dot thingie after “Girls” in the album title, like you could have left it at “Songs About Girls,” right, and then people wouldn’t have been 100% sure you’re nu-mods who don’t worry about anything other than matching your “trousers” with the right “jacket” so you can fit in with other novice-wine-taster metrosexuals who keep Moby Dick on their nightstands for show (and a subliminal hint at what’s in store for any waitress du nuit, ha ha), but after the dot-dot-dot you subtly point out that girls are mysteries, which is just plain good public service and helps fans know for sure! D

— Eric W. Saeger