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God Don't Make No Junk
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
A pretty even-steven stylistic split between project partners Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System) and Doug Martsch (Built to Spill), this multi-faceted disc could practically serve as a textbook for ... more »
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A pretty even-steven stylistic split between project partners Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System) and Doug Martsch (Built to Spill), this multi-faceted disc could practically serve as a textbook for an "Intro to Indie Rock" class. From goofy surf-pop like "Don't Touch My Bikini" (which recalls the B-52s' pre-fame giddiness) to intricate proto-progressive experiments like "Freedom Rider," the duo pushes consistently forward with both confidence and offhand charm. Taken piece by piece, God Don't Make No Junk is a nifty pop collection, but digested whole, it's much more: it's an affirmation of the stubbornly D.I.Y. ideal that's made the Pacific Northwest such a creative magnet for the last decade, and a signal that that spirit is still there in full force. --David Sprague
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Even better for fans of Built to Spill & Beat Happening
Chris G. | IL USA | 04/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just heard about this band recently, so I don't know a whole lot about the Halo Benders.
Built to Spill and Beat Happening have been two bands I have enjoyed for a few years now. When I found out about The Halo Benders I just had to order a couple.
The combination of Calvin Johnson's(Beat Happening) voice along w/ Doug Martsch's(Built to Spill) vocals intrigued me to hear it for myself.
And it does work. Maybe sounds a little "out there" to some- but hey that's what I like.
Calvin Johnson has a really deep voice and Doug, well it's hard to describe his voice, but it's lighter(or shinier) with a lot more range and melody. Sometimes they use their styles together or separate, makes for an interesting listen. Singing in different pitches.
My favorite song is ("single"): "Don't Touch My Bikini"
Might sound a little challenging for listeners, if you're not familiar with these two bands(Built to Spill & Beat Happening).
- To me it's a joy!"
Chris G. | 07/01/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Calvin does his own thing while Doug does his and it sounds magnificent. Two seemingly opposite styles tangled up like old Christmas tree lights, gel to form the almighty sound known throughout the Olympia, WA area as basement punk. I can't explain it. You can't explain it. The only thing restraining Calvin and Doug from taking over the world is that froggy voice and the unmarketable beardy, Idaho look. True music is not about technique, it is about feeling and creativity. If that were the measuring stick for mass media success, then The Halo Benders would be the gods of the music world."