Bring on the Tambourines!

by the Good Graces

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"The Good Graces EP, Bring on the Tambourines, begins with the indefensible “Bad Driver.” The decision to record and release that song is, like I said, indefensible. Maybe it’s a joke, or tongue-in-cheek, but that’s still no excuse. “Bad Driver,” like all of the other songs on the EP, run through simple chord progressions and nasally singing. Musically, it’s very uninspiring, but the lyrical content is what’s unbearable; lamenting about a bad driver, demanding a revoking of their license, and all sorts of mindless complaining. Basically, I refuse to ever listen to that song again. That’s a bottomless pit that you can’t climb out of, but regardless, the EP doesn’t get much better.

Like I said, the music is very unimaginative, with acoustic strums and tambourine jabs. No riffs, no hooks, bland melodies. It’s the nucleus of every song, except they drop the awful lyrics from the opener, fortunately. Well, there is one song where they repeat a Spanish phrase over and over, and that’s pretty bad, too. This blandness lasts for an exceptionally brief fifteen minutes, although there is a one competent song. “Pretty New Song” is basically what it sounds like; a pretty acoustic song, with respectable lyrics and a decent melody. This seems like a song any decent musician could write, but on this EP, it sounds downright beautiful compared to the other stuff. At the end of it all, there are two unlistenable songs, two very average ones, and one solid song. In other words, nothing for you to break your busy schedule for. Carry on." -Bradley Hartsell, adequacy.net

NOW COME ON, BRADLEY. THAT'S JUST PLAIN MEAN.

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released September 29, 2009

Kim Ware - vocals, guitar, drums, percussion
Jim Combs - keyboards, backing vocals
John McNicholas - lead guitar, backing vocals

with special guests:
Jerry Kee - drums on tracks 3 & 4
Sara Bell, Chris Clemmons - backing vocals on track 5
Nathan Brown - backing vocals on track 5, español on track 4

Recorded at Common Sound Studio & Duck-Kee Studio
Engineered by Jim Combs & Jerry Kee
Mixed by Jerry Kee
Mastered by Carl Saff

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dreamy, atmospheric indie folk from Atlanta, GA

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