BARBARAS, THE: 2006-2008: LP

The Barbaras originally released their song “Day at the Shrine” on a 7” with a cover of The Urinals’ “Black Hole.” It was a good choice. The Barbaras often channel the ethereal energy that made The Urinals special. The infectiously catchy choruses are a stew of upbeat ‘50s pop riffs augmented with tasteful touches of fuzz and echo. “Topsy Turvey Magic” has nicely executed falsetto vocals and jumpy beats that make for enjoyable shore gazing. If Brian Wilson produced a Urinals record, this might be the result. It’s a nice beach accessory.

 –Billups Allen (Goner)