City Beach

Album Review of City Beach by Jill Cunniff.

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City Beach

Jill Cunniff

City Beach by Jill Cunniff

Release Date: Feb 20, 2007
Record label: Militia
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative

80 Music Critic Score
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City Beach - Very Good, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

Upon first listen, "Lazy Girls," the opening song on City Beach, seems like nothing more than an appealingly lazy, hazy way to kick off the first solo album from former Luscious Jackson leader Jill Cunniff, but it soon becomes clear that her praise of slow, leisurely afternoons, laid-back boys, and orange popsicles isn't just a pop confection, it's a rallying cry. "Life's to enjoy," she sings at the conclusion of its chorus, and it's a sentiment she repeats on "Happy Warriors," when she insists that "when are you feeling down/let the record spin around" -- and if these ideas sound a little pat on paper, they sound seductive as music, particularly because Cunniff sustains a wonderfully warm, slyly jazzy mood throughout the record. This often does evoke memories of Luscious Jackson -- it's pop music with a casual eclecticism, underpinned by rolling hip-hop beats and highlighted by flourishes of funk, jazz, and Brazilian bossa nova -- but where Jackson occasionally seemed as if they were in a rush to jam as many styles into their sound as possible, Cunniff digs deeper into her idiosyncrasies, creating music that feels unhurried and flows easily.

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