Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dastardly-May You Never...CD Review

Chicago's Dastardly makes its full album debut with May You Never..., an alternately stirring and subdued mix of classic Americana and cutting edge indie rock.

May You Never...gets off to a glorious start with "Villains," which marries old-time folk and bluegrass to a noisy bridge reminiscent of Wilco's "Ashes of American Flags." "Exercises in Self Loathing" and "Creepy" operate at opposite ends of the spectrum, the former a gleeful gallop that contrasts nicely to the latter's mournful tone. "Crystallized" is jaunty and benefits from Sarah Morgan's strong lead vocals. "Middle Ground" is a sparkling alt-country cousin to "Morning Blue," an homage to British folk. The album ends with "Traffic," a slyly humorous song couched in sad sack introspection.

Hometown fans can help the Dastardly celebrate the release of May You Never...at Schuba's Tavern on Thursday, Dec. 9.

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