Bettie Serveert

Album Title: Attagirl
Release Date: October 9, 2004
Genre: Indie Rock
Five beats into the new CD from Holland's Bettie Serveert, and you've got the beginnings of a brand new band. Gone are the mournful strums and vocals that haunted previous works like "Palomine" and "Dust Bunnies", in favour of a shimmy shimmy bop that seems to target thy tush. Indeed, "Attagirl" is a departure, but if you were ever looking for a more granola version of Morcheeba or the Sneaker Pimps, the new Bettie Serveert might be for you. Leadoff track "Dreamaniacs" is a great gurgling pop treat, riding bashed-out keyboard parts straight on to the dance floor and beyond. And the title track, "Versace" and "Don't Touch That Dial!" are fun trips in themselves, like well-mannered cocktail pap for the proles. Yet the Bettes prove they can still write a weeper with "You've Changed", a decided wink to past efforts, bathed in solemn acoustic guitar compote. Besides the vague guitar vs keyboard stuff alluded to earlier, the greatest difference for Bettie Serveert on "Attagirl" is the vocals of Carol van Dyk. Now into her second decade fronting a Dutch indie rock band (how many lasses can make THAT claim?), van Dyk sounds a lot more self assured and willing to experience with timbres and pitches and all that stuff. She's still got one of the most gorgeously perfect voices anywhere; it's just now she's willing to stretch things out a bit further.

Writer: Cameron Gordon

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