duo's press release makes the egregious error of comparing the band to
The Velvet Underground. I'm sorry, but simply putting a classically
trained musician (in this case a pianist) and a pop guitarist together
doesn't make them John Cale and Lou Reed. Now that that's off my chest,
Christy & Emily's debut is almost there, but continually balks at
the moment of truth. The minimalist, thoughtfully layered record is a
muted combination of pop hooks, passable lyricism and psych folk
swirled together into some experimental, avant-rock song structures.
Both women share vocal duties. Neither is spectacular, but when they
sing together it's earnest and heartfelt. "Thunder & Lightning"
stands head and shoulders above the songs that make up the
conspicuously short LP (eight tracks). Its raw guitars and more
rambunctious tempo put it over an edge that the rest of the record
seems hesitant to even approach. The musicianship is occasionally
staggering, but the songwriting often can't keep up.