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Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - GrimesThe Little Ones

The Dawn Sang Along

Branches Recording Collective

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The sophomore full-length from this Southern California band is awash in jumpy melodies and general Cali-pop exuberance. Supported by falsetto vocals, the songs’ arrangements range from the slightly synthesized (“Little Souls”) to the ultra twee (about every other song on the album). Many of the songs on The Dawn Sang Along are heavy on harmonies and “Catch the Movement” features some prominent “wah wah wah” backing vocals. What this all adds up to is a pleasant collection of tracks; however, the album often comes across as almost too cute. The saccharine nature of the songs becomes almost cartoonish at times, which over the course of 11 tracks and 39 minutes can become a bit off-putting. More variety would have suited the album well. (

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