Despite sounding like a band that would have been a staple on 120 Minutes in 1995, The She’s are pure naturals and nothing about their sophomore album feels put on or uninspired. Self-produced with the guidance of Tune Yards’ Merrill Garbus, the album is a shining example of how good chemistry between band members can translate into incredibly dynamic music without the need for effects or pomposity. There’s none of that here, and that’s exactly why this band has so much potential.
Driven by a tastefully practical rhythm section, the band’s song structures are simple and heartfelt; every chord change makes sense and the vocals hit their mark throughout. For a self-produced album, it’s impressively consistent and even intricate at times. With familiar lyrics covering love and loss and harmonies that recall the best of early That Dog, the album is an enjoyable listen from start to finish.
Standout tracks include “Death Dreams,” “Heartache,” “Ashes,” “Anywhere But Here” and “Be Alright.”