v/a - Gigantic: A Tribute to Kim Deal

American Laundromat
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The She - Witch Hats
Bragging Party - The German Art Students
Cannonball - The Wheelers
Tipp City - Tara King TH
Do You Love Me Now - Melissa Gibbs
Fortunately Gone - Julie Peel
Off You - Francine
Doe - Rizzo
I Just Want To Get Along - Descartes A Kant
Invisible Man - The Nuevos
Safari - The Douglas Fir
When I Was A Painter - Le Tetsuo
Divine Hammer - The Modifiers
How can we not conceptualize a tribute to one of the most influential and certainly one of the coolest rock chicks of all time? This tribute was a pure labor of love for the label and features indie-rockers from all over the globe covering Kim's impressive body of work. Songs Kim’s written for The Breeders and The Amps are covered with utter reverence here. Liner notes by Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses, Breeders). Mastered by Sean Glonek (Frank Black, OK Go, Kristin Hersh, Dresden Dolls, Mogwai). Original album art by David Yurchuk. Limited edition pressing.
Tipp City, OH's most famous resident is given the star treatment on this collection of covers by bands you've never heard of. My favorite covers happen to be my favorite songs (go figure), including "Tipp City" by French indie-popsters Tara King Theory, "Do You Love Me Know?" by Melissa Gibbs (which sounds like a b-side from Veruca Salt's American Things), and "Doe" by Rizzo, in which Amy Fry sounds more like Deal's former Breeders bandmate Tanya Donnelly than she does Deal. Deal's most popular songs are covered by male-fronted bands: The Wheelers turn "Cannonball" into a fuzzy, mid-'90s alt-rocker (gee, that's what it was originally!), and The Modifiers tackle "Divine Hammer" as if it was penned by The Replacements. I hope Deal (and her fans) like the final product as much as I do. - Jack Rabid (The Big Takeover)
This new compilation from American Laundromat gathers 13 different takes on Breeders songs by Kim Deal. Stylistically, the bands on display here stick closely to the dynamics of the original material. This is especially true of tracks like "Cannonball" by the Wheelers. Theirs is probably the least interesting update on the record, although the song itself ends up no worse for the wear. More stimulating is the fever pitch of "The She" by Witch Hats, a rendition that's striking for an unhinged vocal and its searing guitar stabs. Elsewhere, the Nuevos' "Invisible Man" stands out for its Guided By Voices-styled "band in a can" production values and tight minimalism. Other highlights include Descartes a Kant's romp through "I Just Wanna Get Along" and Francine's glassy-eyed version of "Off You". A welcome tribute to one of the true icons of American music. - Spencer Tricker (PopMatters)
If I was Kim Deal and listened to all of the tracks on this tribute album, I would be crying tears of joy. It must be a great feeling having bands lovingly redo your songs! These bands knew the job they had taken in order to make a tribute to Kim Deal. Each track is different, unique, and most importantly, fun. My best advice is to skip through each track, listening to them for about 20 seconds each. This way, you can truly tell the diversity of each song on the album. After you'll make sure to listen to each and every track and if you don't, you will have to deal with Kim Deal. - Greg Spektor (DX Review)
It's the lack of an all-star roster that makes this tribute a fine testament to how the spirit of rocknroll's coolest woman can launch a tiny seed of inspiration that grows into something bigger and better — gigantic, even. - Soo Oh (Venus Zine)

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