CD Review: The Happy Hollows — Spells; Playing Black Cat in Washington, D.C., March 3

CD Review: The Happy Hollows — Spells; Playing Black Cat in Washington, D.C., March 3

The Happy Hollows

Spells

By Alec Wooden

Two tracks into my maiden spin through The Happy Hollows Spells, I wanted to be sure a couple mistakes weren’t made, so I made it a point to remind myself (literally, on paper): “You are not reviewing The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s.” Five minutes later, that was changed to “Cat Power.” Then “Joy Divison.” Then “R.E.M. if they had a chick singer was really into Ian Curtis from Joy Division.”

I hate to play the comparison game — especially four times in the first paragraph of a review. But the Happy Hollows are a tough (albeit rewarding) roadmap to follow. Without some markers along the way, you may get a little lost in the 14 track, 51 minute romp of pure imagination and creative zeal that is Spells. Read more about CD Review: The Happy Hollows — Spells; Playing Black Cat in Washington, D.C., March 3

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