Better Can't Make Your Life Better

By GREG BRYAN
Eagle Staff Writer

The '90s has been, thus far, a decade of retro. Everyone likes retro clothes, hairstyles and music. Some would contend that a trend towards retro shows our lack of creativity. I can see where this idea comes from, but I have a bit of a different one. Our pop culture is always going hyper-speed fast and changing direction, so at times gems may be a flash in the pan. I am fascinated by culture and I am usually interested in what past decade we're into.

What does this have to do with the Lilys? The Lilys are a perfect example of our retro fascination. When I first put in their Primary release "Better Can't Make Your Life Better," my first thought was of The Beatles.

This trend tended to carry on. The Lilys sound like later Beatles with distortion. This is not to say that they don't have their own style. They do, and they mix this with a twist of modern indie rock and classic rock. They can be a bit choppy at times with their pop vocal melodies, but this is a good thing. The singer has a very high voice which, while not exactly perfect in form, reminds me at moments of Pavement. Please don't get confused though; that is not a band comparison. The Lilys aren't really breaking any indie ground here, but they are a tad unusual. This album is no classic, but I definitely hear some potential in songs to come.

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