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Ouija Radio - Oh No…Yes! Yes! Review

by Morley Seaver

This is an odd record…and I mean that in the good way. This is sort of like Sonic Youth meets Devo meets Bjork meets Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Ouija Radio is a three piece from Minneapolis that clearly doesn't like to be pigeon-holed in any one direction. The record begins with a couple of cuts that sound like Brit dance pop, slides into some energetic punk-ish music before moving into moodier pieces with guitar mixed with piano.

Christy Hunt is the vocalist and front person of the group. She also handles all guitars and keyboards. Helz Belz is the bassist and Charles Gehr keeps the beat. Hunt has one of the voices that is at once sweet and dreamy and other times you're wondering if you're witnessing a crash and burn, like the occasional Courtney Love vocal.

The very Hole-like "Sunshine in California" which closes the record is quite excellent as is the very interesting "Spinning Cyclone Death Machine". The synth-directed "Red Eye Fly" starts things off with a mish-mash that sounded like Karen O fronting Devo. All the cuts in between are really good and I find a new favorite every couple of spins or so.

This is quality music made by people who don't like the usual top 40 fare but are talented enough to pull off their vision of how rock should be and I, for one, tend to agree with them.

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