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Precious Little
Precious Little
100 Miles
Mental Block


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "Sun Don't Shine"

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Canadian alt-country trio Precious Little has put together a marvelously produced collection of straightforward rockers, with a little bit of help from their friends. The core trio (Leorra Newman, Jean Brophy and Joey Bechta) deals in simple guitar/bass/drum numbers, but breathy female vocals and a lot of energetic bounce will help the songs to carve out some room in your head. The band's acquaintances add a plethora of banjos, violins, pianos and more, adorning the compositions with an air of flat beer and muddy jeans.

The upbeat "Motorcycles & Towels" is anchored by a heavy, stand-up bass-fueled downbeat and steams along prodded by staccato accordion playing. A cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain's "Birthday" receives a pretty and soulful reading, though its understated beginning stumbles toward dullness. Fortunately, the tune kicks into overdrive with distorted guitars and great harmonies, particularly in the chorus "I'm a mean motherfucker now but I once was cool." It has particular charm when delivered in Newman's drawl. Horns add a clever Latin vibe to another fist-pumping pop-rocker, "Sun Don't Shine", which asks that you stick it where the... well, you know. The song's scratchy lead guitar is one of the most exciting things on the album.

While alt-country acts seem to be pouring out of the woodwork lately, Precious Little's music is well worth searching out because of their potent blend of buzzy rock and traditional sounds.



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