You're Not Pretty, You're Worse

You're Not Pretty, You're Worse


  • $ 1000

Trevor Ives has painted a pastoral landscape on You’re Not Pretty, You’re Worse, setting his span of emotions to the changing Wisconsin seasons. It’s a departure from the band’s last EP of alt-country, but the new “Meridene” is stronger and more confident. Drawing on the technical facilities of Jazz Ensemble I musicians, Paul Brandt, Shane McLaughlin and Dave Power, “Kill the Memory” rips open with dissonant piano sweeps and bursts of trombone for added intensity. “Trouble On The Line,” a tale of a bank robbery with an overdose of “woo hoos,” starts off a bit hokey, but dissolves into a gorgeous guitar coda, providing a perfect conclusion to turn the song around. “Meridene” never sound like they’re taking themselves too seriously, which plays to the album’s advantage. On “Don’t Try,” Ives sings, “It’s not gonna be alright,” with elated energy to suggest otherwise, and “Stay Alive” employs a chorus of hand claps that adds to the laid back feel of the songs. That is not to say there are no somber or contemplative moments on You’re Not Pretty, You’re Worse. “Love, Complete” is a convincing love story full of heartbreak and vivid imagery. At first listen, I wanted to write off You’re Not Pretty, You’re Worse as another mediocre indie-rock record. I mistakenly thought “Meridene” lacked a certain spark to set it apart from the endless sea of bands that can be found at first click on your favorite music blog. -The Spectator

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