14 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On previous releases the Weepies fought back creeping gloom with hopeful words and honeyed melodies. This time, Deb Talan and Steve Tannen display a more positive outlook, though even their happiest songs carry a wistful undercurrent. Be My Thrill may reflect the couple’s status as proud parents – certainly, the baby-talk lyrics in “Red Red Rose” and the tender tunefulness of “Not a Lullaby” sound very child-friendly. Musically, Be My Thrill shows an affection for the simple elegance of pre-Beatles pop, with “They’re In Love, Where Am I?” achieving a particular grace. Talan’s girlish-but-wise vocals catch the right sense of yearning in “Hummingbird” and strike a teasing stance in the title number. Tannen steps out on such quirky tracks as “How Do You Get High?,” a playful number reminiscent of ZZ Top (honest!). The wry sense of acceptance pervading “Empty Your Hands” may sum up the album’s attitude overall. The Weepies may have found a measure of contentment, but Be My Thrill shows they haven’t surrendered to mindless bliss.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On previous releases the Weepies fought back creeping gloom with hopeful words and honeyed melodies. This time, Deb Talan and Steve Tannen display a more positive outlook, though even their happiest songs carry a wistful undercurrent. Be My Thrill may reflect the couple’s status as proud parents – certainly, the baby-talk lyrics in “Red Red Rose” and the tender tunefulness of “Not a Lullaby” sound very child-friendly. Musically, Be My Thrill shows an affection for the simple elegance of pre-Beatles pop, with “They’re In Love, Where Am I?” achieving a particular grace. Talan’s girlish-but-wise vocals catch the right sense of yearning in “Hummingbird” and strike a teasing stance in the title number. Tannen steps out on such quirky tracks as “How Do You Get High?,” a playful number reminiscent of ZZ Top (honest!). The wry sense of acceptance pervading “Empty Your Hands” may sum up the album’s attitude overall. The Weepies may have found a measure of contentment, but Be My Thrill shows they haven’t surrendered to mindless bliss.

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