MELTAWAYS, THE: Self-titled: 7”

The singer of this band has one of those voices that made me think the record was on the wrong speed. I was in a mood and went with it. I listened to both sides a couple of times both ways. I honestly don’t mean it as an insult; some vocals just translate that way. And there’s value in that, because I think the record sounds listenable at 33 and 45. On 45, the band has a grungy edge with song structures similar to the sloppy San Francisco sound that I like, but is becoming a bit overplayed at the moment. On 33 it loses its frivolity a bit and becomes a bit more thoughtful. Pick this up and check it out at both speeds. If you don’t like one, you might like the other. –Billups Allen (What’s For Breakfast, wfbrecords.com)