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Dirty On Purpose - Hallelujah Sirens Review

by Eric Bodrero

Dirty on Purpose piece together a style that's uniformly excellent, yet pays no mind to formulas and outside interference. Hallelujah Sirens rocks with a sort of sloppy, raw sound that early Pavement fans will certainly recognize. Shoegazer jams meets fuzzy, guitar-driven melodies meets hazy space rock on this quick but solid debut album from the Brooklyn quintet.

If you like your melancholy nice and thick, try 'Lake Effect' and 'Always Looking' (both versions). I personally am a sucker for it, and Dirty on Purpose definitely know how to lay it on, the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive.

For those wishing the Sleep Late for a Better Tomorrow EP were more than twenty minutes long, here is your answer. These guys almost belong back in the early '90s, making Dinosaur Jr.-like riffs and rocking just short of out of control some of the time, and balancing that out with slow to mid-tempo jams that are perfect for a lazy, hot summer day, the ones that were made for doing absolutely nothing. For fans of early Yo La Tengo, early Pavement, Slowdive, and Sonic Youth.

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