An Idiot's Review of
Better Can't Make Your Life Better


Lilys
Better Can't Make Your Life Better

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"Hey remember this album? Man, I wore out my copy back when I was a teenager! And here it is, only two bucks in the delete bin!"

Lilys are essentially the solo project of one Michael Deming, popmeister extrordinaire. His last couple of releases were excursions into the realm of synth-pop but, after a couple of years hanging with such indie notables as Olivia Tremor Control and The Apples, his latest release comes across as a lot warmer. Probably because he's got real flesh-and-blood humans backing him up this time.

Beatlesesque is a step up from Zepplinesque, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to hear sitars incorporated into pop music again. These New York-based cats know the value of keyboards, jangly guitars, and borderline-falsetto harmonized vocals.

This is a solid album, but it feels like I should only be listening to it for nostalgia's sake. That's not what a 1996 release should be doing.

Rusty Gragg

Shoegaze note: Errr....what the hell is this guy talking about?

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