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Spiral Stairs

Doris and the Daggers

Nine Mile/Domino

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Doris and the Daggers is ex-Pavement guitarist Scott Kannberg’s sophomore release as Spiral Stairs, eight years after the spectacular debut The Real Feel. While it may not be quite as spectacular, it does have a lot of the same endearing qualities.

The smooth songwriting fleshes out timeless rock textures we all like, and have heard before, but with a unique voice and in a unique style. Although not the most polished vocalist, Kannberg sings with enthusiasm and honest emotion that immediately draws the listener to the song, unless the music does it first. Spiral Stairs uses music as more of an art form to express his literate narratives.

But don’t expect any snooty-nosed art-rock here. Instead, Spiral Stairs serve up these narratives with charming uptempo grooves accompanied by expressive guitar hooks and pleasant melodies.

There is not much on Doris and the Daggers that is daring or new in terms of musical explorations, but the energetic vocals and pop nuances coupled with the sincerity and the understated transcendence of the songs is quite alluring. (www.spiralstairsofficial.com)

Author rating: 6.5/10

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