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The Ditty Bops

the Ditty Bops Audio CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ditty bop! March 4 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes in the musical world, it seems like innovation is dead and new musical sounds are impossible. That all we'll ever get is endless regurgitation of past musical glories.

Then we hear a band like the Ditty Bops.

The quirky duo's debut album is a playful, whimsical collection of offbeat pop-folk, with an edge of carnival cuteness. This is an album where a bluesy melody can suddenly be broken by a strange merry-go-round sound, and where harmonies are the rule. In other words, all rules go out the window.

At their core, most of these are just acoustic guitar pop. Acoustic with a twist: some are catchy, some are bluesy, folky, country, and even alt-rocky in the banjo-laden rocker "There's A Girl." Surprisingly, all of these different styles fit together almost seamlessly.

But the guitar pop is not the main thing that makes the Ditty Bops charming. Actually, they would be fairly boring if it weren't... well, dressed up a little. What gives their songs an element of charm is the offbeat songwriting and the odd music -- they have everything from keyboard washes to dulcimer, mandolin to trombone and banjo.

And yet, the most charming aspect of the Ditty Bops is the old-fashioned vibe. Maybe it's the vocal harmonies, or the folky melodies. But the album has the sound of a long-lost folk-pop album that got buried, and only recently was dug up and released. Yes, even with songs about dried blood, marital murder, modern soullessness, and a "mechanical lady with her garden hose waters the cement."

Abby DeWald and Amanda Barrett both do vocal duty. At the same time. Yes, they manage to harmonize on every single song, on virtually every note. They sound refreshingly sweet, no matter how strange their songs are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ditty bop Jan. 1 2006
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes in the musical world, it seems like innovation is dead and new musical sounds are impossible. That all we'll ever get is endless regurgitation of past musical glories.
Then we hear a band like the Ditty Bops.
The quirky duo's debut album is a playful, whimsical collection of offbeat pop-folk, with an edge of carnival cuteness. This is an album where a bluesy melody can suddenly be broken by a strange merry-go-round sound, and where harmonies are the rule. In other words, all rules go out the window.
At their core, most of these are just acoustic guitar pop. Acoustic with a twist: some are catchy, some are bluesy, folky, country, and even alt-rocky in the banjo-laden rocker "There's A Girl." Surprisingly, all of these different styles fit together almost seamlessly.
But the guitar pop is not the main thing that makes the Ditty Bops charming. Actually, they would be fairly boring if it weren't... well, dressed up a little. What gives their songs an element of charm is the offbeat songwriting and the odd music -- they have everything from keyboard washes to dulcimer, mandolin to trombone and banjo.
And yet, the most charming aspect of the Ditty Bops is the old-fashioned vibe. Maybe it's the vocal harmonies, or the folky melodies. But the album has the sound of a long-lost folk-pop album that got buried, and only recently was dug up and released. Yes, even with songs about dried blood, marital murder, modern soullessness, and a "mechanical lady with her garden hose waters the cement."
Abby DeWald and Amanda Barrett both do vocal duty. At the same time. Yes, they manage to harmonize on every single song, on virtually every note. They sound refreshingly sweet, no matter how strange their songs are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars centruy clash of brilliance Sept. 16 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i honestly cannot keep this cd player out of my stereo.. its like glue! the songs are all catch, some more upbeat than others (my sister kate and wishful thinking being my two favourites).
if you've ever wondered about "song unheard" (sight unseen), now's the time to do it. you need this music. buy buy buy! :D
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ditty bop July 12 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes in the musical world, it seems like innovation is dead and new musical sounds are impossible. That all we'll ever get is endless regurgitation of past musical glories.

Then we hear a band like the Ditty Bops.

The quirky duo's debut album is a playful, whimsical collection of offbeat pop-folk, with an edge of carnival cuteness. This is an album where a bluesy melody can suddenly be broken by a strange merry-go-round sound, and where harmonies are the rule. In other words, all rules go out the window.

At their core, most of these are just acoustic guitar pop. Acoustic with a twist: some are catchy, some are bluesy, folky, country, and even alt-rocky in the banjo-laden rocker "There's A Girl." Surprisingly, all of these different styles fit together almost seamlessly.

But the guitar pop is not the main thing that makes the Ditty Bops charming. Actually, they would be fairly boring if it weren't... well, dressed up a little. What gives their songs an element of charm is the offbeat songwriting and the odd music -- they have everything from keyboard washes to dulcimer, mandolin to trombone and banjo.

And yet, the most charming aspect of the Ditty Bops is the old-fashioned vibe. Maybe it's the vocal harmonies, or the folky melodies. But the album has the sound of a long-lost folk-pop album that got buried, and only recently was dug up and released. Yes, even with songs about dried blood, marital murder, modern soullessness, and a "mechanical lady with her garden hose waters the cement."

Abby DeWald and Amanda Barrett both do vocal duty. At the same time. Yes, they manage to harmonize on every single song, on virtually every note. They sound refreshingly sweet, no matter how strange their songs are. "But me, I'd rather plant a tree/that grows up tall for all to see/until I need a pencil/then I'll chop it to the ground."

The Ditty Bops manage to be charming, cute, edgy and funny -- all on the same album. Definitely a memorable and fun debut.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain damn fun Nov. 15 2004
By Steven R. Lafleur - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are a fan of The Roches or Kate & Anne McGarrigle, you will love these gals. I've seen others compare them to old style jazz or some other retro movement (whatever!) . I feel that this is just good, clean sounding pop, with wonderful harmonies. This winter, when you have a day that looks like it might be the beginning of Spring, pop in this disc, roll down the windows, stick a smile on your face and turn up the jams. (In fact, this disc might just make the Sun come out).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop Listening July 25 2006
By Blackberry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got both of their CDs the other day and I can't stop listening. They're edgy and innocent, sweet and sophisticated. And their lyrics turn me inside out. What's more, the Ditty Bops are on a concert tour--and traveling by bicycle.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary April 24 2005
By David Richins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
To place the Ditty Bops in ANY genre is to undermine everything this music stands for. It's music for the sake of it's own wonders. Beautiful harmonies, unique and entertaining lyrics, and music that takes you places you never thought a single album could take you. They transcend every expectation and simply make you smile as you listen. Just look at lyrics like: "You might find the meaning of life in the barrel of a rifle, if it's pointed at a bird or if it's pointed at your head. Me, I'd rather plant a tree that grows up tall for all to see... until I need a pencil, then I'll chop it to the ground"

I heard them first on Grey's Anatomy just as background music but fell in love immediately. Now I consider it an honor to become a fan at ground level with their first album and I can't wait to hear more from them.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting mix Aug. 4 2006
By W. P. Wells - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Ditty Bops are not your typical folk duo, nor are they your typical rock duo or even Vaudeville duo, what they are is something truly unique in a world of Brittney Spears wannabes. At a time when the music industry is stamping out electronic beat, sound sampled pre-recorded tracks and you can't tell one American Idol from the next the Ditty Bops depart the scene and as Martha would say "That's a good thing". This music is thoughtfull, playfull, fun, acerbic, sarcastic, and most important original. They are unafraid to be who they are and to buck all the trends. This duo was clearly not assembled by a Madison Avenue focus group.
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