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Pretty & Nice

Golden Rules for Golden People

12" LP

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2013 release from the Boston-based Alt-Rock trio. , MA's Pretty & Nice will release their third full-length album, "We put a lot of positive energy into this batch of songs. Most of them started on acoustic guitar out on the front steps of the studio/house. We took a lot of inspiration from being outside in the sun and from changes in our own lives and in the way we approach each day. The past couple years have been difficult, but transformative and we grew a lot individually and together. The songs reflect those changes," explains vocalist/guitarist Holden Lewis. "We felt freer than ever when recording the songs and that opened them up a lot. "Shimmering", "shining", "soaring" were all words used to describe what we wanted to hear. Our communication in the studio was better than ever and it became a deeper collaborative adventure than on past recordings."


Moving from Sub Pop's Hardly Art subsidiary to Equal Vision in the five years since their last outing, the opening notes of the third Pretty & Nice album indicate a change from their quirky art pop to the trendy eight-piece sound often utilized by the bearded bands of 2013. Luckily, they haven't gone completely over to the side of Mumford & Sons. Utilizing a fuller, slicker production than on Get Young, Golden Rules for Golden People finds the Boston group refining its angular sound with pop polish. There are hints of the cuteness found in chamber pop, with claps, trumpets, sweet coos, and anthemic yelling coming into play, courtesy of a long list of guest musicians. However, by the halfway point, with the upbeat, but especially quirky "Q_Q," it becomes clear that this band has a distinct edge lacked by many of their counterparts. Jeremy Mendicino (vocals/guitar), Holden Lewis (vocals/guitar/keyboards), and Roger Lussier (bass/keys/horn) are smart, skilled music school types who manage to avoid the trap of sounding overly calculated, even though their style of indie rock/power pop borders on progressive. Like Field Music, they are masters at crafting a catchy hook out of challenging song structures, and like Enon, they have the willingness to flip a song's direction with offbeat electronics, both of which are exercised for the fantastic "Money Music. There's a lot to wrap your head around and enjoy with Golden Rules for Golden People. It's a grower, and a long cry from a sign that the trio's selling out, even if it doesn't pack the punch of their outings from 2007 and 2008.

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Artist Pretty & Nice
Track Listing 1 Stallion & Mare - 3:45 2 Mummy Jets - 3:24 3 Critters - 2:09 4 New Czar - 2:29 5 Q_Q - 3:15 6 Gold Fools - 1:30 7 Yonkers - 3:51 8 Money Music - 4:24 9 Kill the Beast - 1:09 10 Golden Rules - 3:05 11 The Frog - 3:16

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