project violent femmes

Non-Airable Tracks: 
4, 6
Self Released
Album Art: 

When I saw this album presented at the meeting, I jumped at the chance to review something Violent Femmes related. As a long time Violent Femmes fan, I was excited to hear if a new artist could breathe some new life into these old classics. While BETS attempt to do so is obviously one out of love and respect of the Violent Femmes, I'd have to say her success was inconsistent from track to track. Musically, many of the Violent Femmes' songs are quite simple. Instead, they are driven by Gordon Gano's raw and eccentric vocals, so when someone else steps into those shoes, it can be a little hard to fill them. BETS is one of those vocalists that makes up for her lack of power through an attempt at intimicacy. I personally am not a fan of these whispery sweet vocals, as they sound like a talentless child is singing, but some may enjoy them. There are some decent moments on the album, but overall, it is a fairly unremarkable and uninnovative cover album. 

Sounds Like: 
The Shacks
Recommended Tracks: 
7 promise
10 good feeling
Brooke Blizzard
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