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Sick Of Sarah
2205
Adam Ant Records
www.sickofsarah.com


Sick Of Sarah are labeled poppy-punk-girl-rock which quite accurately describes their new recording 2205 on Adam Ant Records. Track after track is loaded with modern rock guitar shreds powered by Jessie Farmer, Katie Murphy, and lead vocalist Abisha Uhl, while the sleek bass pulls of Jamie Holm wrap around the drum kicks of Jessica Forsythe. Produced by Evan Peters, 2205 has a generic power-pop-punk sound that does not set the quintet apart from others of their ilk, but the album does function to keep the flames of power-pop-punk burning.

Dance tracks like "Over Exposure" and "Kick Back" are lubricated with pogo grooves which make them club ready, and the soft simmering beats of "Giving Up" project a series of low voltage progressions as Uhl's words reveal a bleeding heart. Uhl's vocals seem to walk through the tracks causing the length in her resonance to be short-fused and even curt, like in "Cigarettes" when she tells, "I'll make you wonder… You'll ask me if I want to play / Come and chase me through the night."

The group's use of the glockenspiel chimes is sparse even though both Uhl and Farmer are credited for playing the instrument. The tracks are mainly heavy on guitar shreds moving with Uhl's vocal jabs. The racy tempo of "Autograph" has an urgency that displays the quintet's feistiness and power rock chops, while "El Paso Blue" is preened to a commercial rock sheen with a bass drum rumble in the bridge that gives the song stamina.

The guitars growl and the rhythmic thrusts punch fast and hard in the vane of power-pop-punkers La Roux and Florence Welch. Sick Of Sarah concentrate on blending into their own kind, rather than distinguishing themselves from their colleagues. 2205 is geared for rock clubs and commercial rock outlets but shys away from being personalized to the band.

-Susan Frances

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