Couture, Couture, Couture

Album Review of Couture, Couture, Couture by Frausdots.

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Couture, Couture, Couture

Frausdots

Couture, Couture, Couture by Frausdots

Release Date: Sep 28, 2004
Record label: Sub Pop
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Pop

70 Music Critic Score
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Couture, Couture, Couture - Fairly Good, Based on 1 Critics

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On their debut album Couture, Couture, Couture, Frausdots -- Brent Rademaker's post-Tyde and Beachwood Sparks project -- use synth pop and the darkly jangly side of '80s post-punk as inspiration for their languidly stylish music. Needless to say, this sound is fairly different than either Beachwood Sparks or the Tyde, but Frausdots' songwriting is nearly as engaging as those bands' was and has a similarly Californian sheen to it, proving that location, location, location has a lot to do with Couture, Couture, Couture's vibe. On songs like "Dead Wrong" -- which borrows America's "Horse With No Name" and recasts it as blankly moody synth pop -- and "Fashion Death Trends," the band pushes the more overtly retro side of its sound with ultraclean productions, big choruses, and keyboards aplenty.

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