Amused, Confused & More Bad News
Fire Note Says: No excuse rock n' roll!
The Purrs play the type of music most indie heads love to wrap their ears around but keep secretly to themselves because they don't want their favorite band to have too much exposure. On the groups fourth record Amused, Confused & More Bad News, the Seattle group offers up another solid collection of feverish UK type psych-rock that is full of hooks, swooping guitar lines and slight reverb, that all combine to create one of their most focused and concise albums to date. On previous records, the band would use several songs to explore and wander past the six minute mark on more than one track. Here on Amused, Confused & More Bad News, The Purrs only pass the five minute mark on two tracks, which leads to a record that relies more on its tight song structures then shoegaze moments. The Purrs are able to still pull off the same gazer effect here, only within a more listening friendly manner, which gives Amused, Confused & More Bad News a great replay value. What makes The Purrs worth checking out is their mid-tempo sinister groove on tracks like "Sister" that take a page from Jesus & Mary Chain, while the catchy "Fear Of Flying" gets you instantly foot tapping and singing along and especially on songs like the slow grinding ballad "Century Of Rain", The Purrs showcase their softer side while still sounding completely gritty - don't look for an influence there - that is all Purrs!
Key Tracks: "Sister", "Fear Of Flying", "Century Of Rain"
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The Dandy Warhols
The Purrs: The Chemistry That Keeps Us Together [Fire Note Review 11/9/07]
The Purrs: The Purrs [Fire Note Review 9/15/06]
Official Purrs Website
The Purrs MySpace
The Purrs Info [Allmusic]
-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony