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Dressy Bessy

Dressy Bessy's debut full-length, 1999's Pink Hearts Yellow Moons, was the sonic equivalent of a sugar rush -- but after two similar followups, singer Tammy Ealom's perky vivacity began to feel a bit overwhelming, like a laugh track turned up too loud. Fortunately, the combo's new disc finds a happier medium.

That's not to say Ealom is suddenly channeling Sylvia Plath; she and her bandmates still like their words and melodies bright and shiny. But while "Ringalingaling" is cutesy enough to trigger a diabetic coma, tracks such as "Second Place," "She Likes It" and "Electrified" benefit from louder guitars, vocals that often linger in the lower registers, and a willingness to let entertainment value ripen at a more natural pace. The disc, which is being celebrated at a Friday, June 17, CD-release party at the Gothic Theatre that co-stars Hot IQs and the Jessica Fletchers, is more enjoyable than its immediate predecessors, because Ealom and company are confident enough not to force the fun.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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