Pirate Prude (CD)


Helium

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Amoeba Review

Joanna Ricco 05/26/2010

Helium’s debut EP, Pirate Prude, established the Boston band as the forerunners of early ’90s noise pop. The release catches singer Mary Timony’s oscillating signature style between high contrast and uncomfortability. Marrying the feminist lyricism she’d made a name with and a newer, noisier punk sound, this first EP comes off a little clunky in parts. Nevertheless, the droning guitar and Timony's talent for delivering acidic verbal assaults with a feckless tone of a seven-year-old telling you how her day was at school went makes it an interesting listen. Some tracks, such as “XXX,” are not easily accessible upon first listen, but there are rewards to be had if you go back—like finding out that it’s one of the most remarkably complete songs in Helium’s entire catalogue.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Baby Vampire Made Me
Helium 05:50
2.
Wanna Be a Vampire Too, Baby
Helium 02:23
3.
XXX
Helium 05:19
4.
000
Helium 05:44
5.
I'll Get You, I Mean It
Helium 02:21
6.
Love $$$
Helium 05:42
7.
[Untitled]
Helium 01:16

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