Album Review

New England Roses – “Face Time with Son” – [Doggpony Records] (CD)

lombard   10/26/2005   A Library, CD

New England Roses have a lo-fi, DIY, friends-hanging-out-having-fun sound on this release from 2005. Featuring JD Samson from Le Tigre, Sarah Shapiro on vocals, and Brendan Fowler, they have a sound that’s a cross between feminist punk pop and the unpracticed sounds of My Pal Foot Foot-era Shaggs. In “Kids in the City” they yell “We are the kids in the city, losing our virginity in Central Park” , making me think of the rebel kids of Larry Clarke’s films. They end with covers of songs by Dave Matthews, George Michael (“Faith”) and Tracy Chapman (“Revolution”).

-Cynthia Lombard

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