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PINKY DOODLE POODLE album review

PinkyDoodlePoodle_mainOn April 22nd 2014, the female-fronted rock band PINKY DOODLE POODLE released a self-titled album via Good Charamel Records. Filled with brief but energetic tracks, this vibrant, feel-good album will have you up and on your feet. Throughout the album, lead vocalist/bassist/guitarist Yuria is absolutely enchanting with her playful vocals, while guitarist/composer George impresses with his solid compositions and powerful shredding.

Right from the jump the opening riffs of 1,2,3 GO immediately alert you that you’re in for a good time. With a very classic punk rock feeling, 1,2,3 GO was mild enough to be perfect intro track that gets you in zone for what’s yet to come.

On its heels, with I'm OK, You're OK you’ll feel like you’re really getting into the full swing of things as it kicks up the tempo with a superbly pronounced bass rhythm, and excellent guitar shredding. It successfully draws you in further and leads you to Cosmic Candy, a track that’s as sweet as its name. Downright delicious, this song will have you hooked. With a strong but smooth quality Cosmic Candy slows things down a bit, letting you savor every aspect of it while kicking up the intensity at just the right moments.

Bringing a change of pace, As You Like will bringsmile to your lips with its lighthearted, easy-going melody. Outstanding in the simplicity of its chords and backing drum beat, there’s something pure about the song that makes it one of my favorites.

Revving the energy right back up Jet Engine Cycling will have you wide awake. The shortest track on the album, it’s fast-paced in every aspect. With rapid and impressive guitar work and strong vocals to match, it shows off the more of the complexity that PINKY DOODLE POODLE is capable of. They masterfully show you just how energetic and fulfilling a two-minute track can be.

Airy vocal harmonizing, and smoothly carried notes stand out in Endless Future, also standing out a minute-long instrumental section that is blissfully vigorous. Following that, the song closes by repeatedly spelling out the words ‘Endless Future’ making this an easy interactive song that you’ll enjoy singing along with during a concert.

Juicy Mixer, as its name might imply is quirky and undeniably fun, standing out among the other tracks with its unique and eccentric flavor. Taking a turn to something a little harder, and a little heavier, All Right is another one of my favorites with bold and confident sound both musically and vocally. I think that All Right is another track that displays their complexity while at the same time still proving that less is more. Raw and simply sensational.

Next you have Twist and Shout,The Top Notes’ 1961 hit has seen a countless number of covers, and PINKY DOODLE POODLE delivers in a very fun and electrifying rendition. This nostalgic treat was a nice addition to the album. Our ten-track adventure comes to a close with Pirates of PDP, a catchy tune that will have your hands clapping to drum beat as you chant along with the chorus. It finishes things off on a great note.

 

Available worldwide through Good Charamel Records, I highly recommend that you grab yourself a copy. I give this album a 10/10 and I declare PINKY DOODLE POODLE as our featured Artist of the Month. This album doesn’t try too hard, because it doesn’t have too. Clean, uncomplicated, and with a strong sense of self, this album was a joy from beginning to end.

These are songs that you most certainly want to experience in a live setting. Luckily for US rock lovers, PINKY DOODLE POODLE will be in San Francisco performing at the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival on Sunday, July 20th on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown. If at all possible, please go check out PINKY DOODLE POODLE live!




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  1. 1,2,3 GO

  2. I'm OK, You're OK

  3. Cosmic Candy

  4. As You Like

  5. Jet Engine Cycling

  6. Endless Future

  7. Juicy Mixer

  8. All Right

  9. Twist and Shout

  10. Pirates of PDP


 

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This review was written by Alicia R. Thomas (arthomas), and edited by CMT. Many thanks to Good Charamel Records, Robby Takac, and Medialab PR for granting us the opportunity to review this album!
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