by Nora Cranley
September 2005
The 88 Over and Over(Mootron/EMK Records)
In a city associated with artificial sounds and one-hit wonders, local Angeleno
rockers The 88 have managed to escape the quick fix of Hollywood for a slow,
steady path sharing their clean, original indie-hipster sound with a loyal following.
Over and Over, the follow-up to their well-received debut, features tinkering
piano riffs, Beatles-esque tambourines, and swooning vocals that at times
echo an edgy Jeff Buckley, and when all melded together the results could
possibly make for the most totally awesome road-trip tape in a while.
On “All ‘Cause of You,” the quintet creates blissful rock ‘n’
roll and multi-instrumentalist Keith Slettedahl belts out sweet melodies
atop a contagious hip-swaggering backdrop. The simplistic rhythms and
impressive harmonies on “Coming Home” gradually build to an
up-tempo infectious musical party, which will likely have the whole room
swaying. With comparisons to The Kinks (although admittedly they were
never fans), the eclectic range of The White Stripes and some hints of
The Thrills’ sunny disposition, these rockers bring a refreshing approach
to the ever-growing indie pop scene. The band is riding some recent attention,
thanks to television placements and MySpace.com. So before they hit the
mainstream airwaves, slide this disc into your car, roll down the windows,
and hit the road.