ESTROGEN HIGHS: Friends & Relatives: : LP

Moments of the opening songs on this record remind me of Low, or perhaps slower Jesus And Mary Chain. The album is well recorded with echoing, shoegazing style vocals. Faster songs like “I Am Tradition” remain jangly, incorporating the echo-laden vocals into simple, mid-tempo pop songs. This album does not appear as influenced by the ‘50s retro pop sensibility going around; leaning more towards a stripped-down version of ‘80s jangly pop. Although the album stays pretty slow, the tempo ebbs and flows into mid-tempo tunes enough to keep it from being a one-note song. It is not my thing, but I found it to be a well produced, entertaining album.

 –Billups Allen (Gramery)