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Pipettes recall '60s girl bands

With the music scene the way it is, it's hard not to be nostalgic. In today's world, pop stars are constantly fed to us by record companies who seem to care less and less about the music. That's why the Pipettes, who recall '60s girl bands like the Shirelles and the Crystals, are so refreshing. They are a group who is able to have an intriguing image and still make captivating music.

The Pipettes are an all-female group from England whose debut album "We are the Pipettes" recently appeared on U.S. shores for the first time. The three young women, Gwenno, Riot Bekki and Rosay, all have distinctive personalities and all contributed individual tracks to the album. For an album with such a specific sound as this one, it's surprising just how consistent this album is. Out of the 16 tracks on this album, at least 12 of them are great and the others are certainly not terrible. In terms of consistency, this album can be considered a triumph.

There are some clear standouts. For my money, the best track is "Pullshapes," which features a chorus as catchy as anything you'll hear on Top 40 radio. Other standouts involve the witty "ABC" and the half-sincere, half-sarcastic "It Hurts to See You Dance So Well." These songs show off the group's excellent sense of humor. The songwriting here is quite clever. Overall, there is no reason why you shouldn't check out this album. For one thing, it's available for only $10 at most retail outlets. More importantly, the Pipette are a very entertaining group who have managed to breathe new life into music by looking to its past. Truly, that is something they should be commended for.

John Hugar is a senior at Maryvale.

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