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Cadallaca Audio CD
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1. Your One Wish
2. June -N- July
3. You're My Only One
4. Pocket Games
5. Night Vandals
6. Two Beers Later
7. O Chenilla
8. Cadallaca Theme
9. Firetrap
10. Winter Storm '98

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Move over, Shangri-Las. There's a new girl gang in town. They call themselves Kissy, Dusty, and Junior, but everyone knows that the girls in Cadallaca are Corin Tucker from Sleater-Kinney and Sarah Dougher and sts from the Lookers. Taking on new identities is a thematic strain for Cadallaca. Not only have they rechristened themselves, they have also gone far afield of their other bands. Cadallaca is a girl group in the old-fashioned sense of the word: close harmonies, Farfisa-driven tunes, and attitude applied like fresh red lipstick. But don't expect the same old brokenhearted subjects. "June-n-July" is a word-crammed story of brave young warriors, but as opposed to the Shirelles song, these soldier boys are girls! The creaky, haunted-house organ of "Night Vandals" sets the tone for this bizarre stalker's lament. Lo-fi production can be a burden on some bands, but here it is perfect for the retro appeal. Cadallaca: the world's first grrrl group. --Lois Maffeo

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5.0 out of 5 stars better than sleater-kinney July 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
i like this cd a lot better than sleater-kinney. you can pretty much listen to it all the time, as long as the vocals don't grate on you too much. the first 3 songs are probably the best and very singable. "pocket games" is [pooh], "night vandals" is just [a little bit similar to] the need... then it gets better with "2 beers later", one of my favorite songs. "o chenilla"...sad rejection song but decent. the instrumental track is boring and the last two songs are pretty good. my review doesn't sound that great but i'm probably not doing it justice though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Breath of fresh air--aaahhh Dec 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
Breathe it deep, because in the stale state that music has lingered in for the past few years, we've all needed a cool breeze, and these girls deliver it by twisting and tweaking the old staples into something original. The inclusion of the organ is always an interesting touch (see Nick Cave, Murder City Devils) and these ladies pull it off quite well.
The songs are raw and a little rough around the edges, and that's part of the charm; it lends more credibility and emotive qualities to the music. The album gives the feeling that Cadallaca is onto something, and while it's not yet perfect, these ladies are just the ones to get it there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new take on Sleater-Kinney's talents Nov. 5 2000
Format:Audio CD
As Sleater-Kinney becomes something more permanent -- solid, but slipping into more-of-the-sameness -- it's great to hear members branching off in new directions.
While the S-K catalog continues to grow in quality and quantity, the band seems to be less and less interesting -- too familiar. This is a natural product of being regularly called the world's best rock band; how can one live up to such expectations?
The answer is to split off into intresting side projects. In this case, S-K's Corin Tucker joins with organist/vocalist Sarah Dougher and drummer sts. The result is an airy, eerie girl-band album that employs familiar guitar and vocal motifs but puts them in a new, exciting conext. It's a beautiful pop-rock album that culminates in the haunting, penultimate "Firetrap."
Fans of Sleater-Kinney can complain that it's not Sleater-Kinney; but to my ears, this 1998 gem is just as good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new take on Sleater-Kinney's talents Nov. 5 2000
Format:Audio CD
As Sleater-Kinney becomes something more permanent -- solid, but slipping into more-of-the-sameness -- it's great to hear members branching off in new directions.
While the S-K catalog continues to grow in quality and quantity, the band seems to be less and less interesting -- too familiar. This is a natural product of being regularly called the world's best rock band; how can one live up to such expectations?
The answer is to split off into intresting side projects. In this case, S-K's Corin Tucker joins with organist/vocalist Sarah Douglas and drummer sts. The result is an airy, eerie girl-band album that employs familiar guitar and vocal motifs but puts them in a new, exciting conext. It's a beautiful pop-rock album that culminates in the haunting, penultimate "Firetrap."
Fans of Sleater-Kinney can complain that it's not Sleater-Kinney; but to my ears, this 1998 gem is just as good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't condescend to me in starched white cuffs Aug. 12 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have to disagree with the other reviewer who gave this CD only one star...the magic of Cadallaca is that the women who are in the band are major talents in the own right (Sarah Dougher, and excellent songwriter; sts, a drummer on a number of albums including Dougher's Day One; and Corin Tucker, frontwoman of Sleater-Kinney). It seems that the lo-fi approach to music making that Cadallaca adopts is purposeful-- this is music that flows naturally from both voices and instruments. Its that special kind of music that is appealing to listen to and that doesn't require virtuoso performers to make it happen.
About the songs themselves: by and large they are sipmle yet catchy. The lyrics are witty and evocative in a number of places (don't condescend to me in starched white cuffs, in Two Beers Later is a great line), and some of the songs are charmingly sensitive, such as on the final track of the album. Oh Chenilla is truly a queer song (the gay themes in this album are unmistakable). Even the Cadallaca Theme, and instrumental track, is a catchy tune. There are a few songs that don't quite work as well as the others (June and July causes this reviewer to reach for the fast-forward button). But on the whole, this album is well worth a listen to fans with eclectic tastes and who aren't put off by the low-tech approach to music making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Fun June 11 2000
Format:Audio CD
Okay, when I first purchased this CD, I thought it would sound like Sleater-Kinney or Heavens to Betsy. Needless to say, my initial impression of Introducing Cadallaca was a bit low and I'd nearly dismissed it as being a goofy yet failed experiment.
Nevertheless I forced myself to put the CD on while driving in my car and, well, it just sort of grew on me--quick! Maybe it had something to do with the fact that it was summertime and the songs really do have a quirky, off-kilter, roll-down-the-car-windows-and-bounce-along-with-the-tunes quality to them. Whatever the reason, I now love this disc. The songs are purposely spare and garage-y retro (just listen to the synthesizer riffs! ) and the ladies (and one guy) sound like they had fun with this project. My favorite, perhaps, is "Night Vandals", which sounds like a 90's version of the Velvet Underground's "Murder Mystery."
Put simply, if you're looking for a fun record that's a good deal lighter than the guitar crunch of Sleater-Kinney, I highly suggest Introducing Cadallaca.
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