Meg And Dia - Here, Here, And Here
I'm the most frantic reviewer on this site. I struggle with my activity on the review queue like no other, going absent for some outrageous length of time without notice. I must say, fans, it's not intentional. I love you and I love you. I've never meant to hurt you. I've just been busy. I've been busy like Meg & Dia have been. Here, Here, and Here sounds like what a lawyer tells you to do while covering all the fine print so you don't get concerned with the details. I might be reading a bit too much into the title and implying the girls are just one of those acts getting off on their looks. I don't want to imply that.
These two aren't your average cookie-cutter pop acts. Granted, there are moments where you are confused ("Going Away") but there are other moments where you think they are ahead of the curve. "Black Wedding" is pretty political for two girls you think would munch like cows on bumble gum and twist their fingers in their hair over boys across the row from them in math class. This shit is talking religion and it's talking politics and it's talking smart and it's talking good.
Granted, the tone is typical. They do something though. Little percussions trickity tricks like in "Are There Giants Too, In the Dance?" are cutesy and adorable and awesome. At other moments, the album has an almost deeper feel about it. "Inside My Head" feels too big for this album. The chorus feels too big for just about everything but when Dia sings that chorus, you are pretty...well, let's just say. If you allow the verses to be here stomping her foot and pointing her finger furiously, the chorus is her throwing that damn glass at his shoulder while he dodges George Bush-style.
Are they doing anything advanced? No, they aren't going apeshit on the innovations and this isn't the best CD ever, but it's so fun and it's so on time. Look outside. Ignore the weather and the overcast that may or may not be there. Allow my metaphor to encompass you. It's beautiful outside. You have a convertible (you're welcome). This album is perfect.
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