Milk Maid’s debut, Yucca, is everything that smart, strong and personal rock should be. The personal is the sincere vision of songwriter and leader Martin Cohen, which emerges in a tactile, insinuating gauze out of a memory-stream of Roy Orbison, Phil Spector and myriad post-punk. Cohen un-ironically loves the clichés of three chords, a backbeat and a great hook. Rather than just recycling parts of pop, he’s made a record that is fresh, invigorating, tuneful and darkly beautiful. It starts with the tremendous sound; a rich blend of crunchy guitars, Ian Hodson’s effective behind-the-beat drumming, judicious touches of dissonance (“Oh!”) and a great mix that puts Cohen’s voice just under the surface, like he’s coming to us from a dream. Songs like “Dead Wrong” fit vaguely sinister lyrics into graceful, Beach Boys choruses, while “Girl” disguises wrenching heartache with subtly mellow delivery. A great beginning.
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