Too True

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Too True
Dum Dum Girls - Too True cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 22, 2014
Recorded2012 - 2013
Genre Indie pop
Length30:16
Label Sub Pop
Producer Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner
Dum Dum Girls chronology
End of Daze
(2012)
Too True
(2014)
Singles from Too True
  1. "Lost Boys & Girls Club"
    Released: December 17, 2013
  2. "Rimbaud Eyes"
    Released: January 28, 2014

Too True is the third and final studio album by Dum Dum Girls, [1] released by Sub Pop on January 22, 2014 in Japan; January 27, 2014 in Europe; and January 28, 2014 worldwide. The album marked the fourth Dum Dum Girls release in a row produced by Richard Gottehrer and the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner, and the fifth overall for Gottehrer. The album reached No. 138 on the UK Albums Chart. [2]

Dum Dum Girls American rock band

Dum Dum Girls was an American rock band, formed in 2008. It began as the bedroom recording project of singer and songwriter Dee Dee. She is currently based in Los Angeles. The name is a double homage to the Vaselines' album Dum Dum and the Iggy Pop song "Dum Dum Boys". The last name "Penny" was erroneously provided by British music magazine NME.

Sub Pop American record label

Sub Pop is a record label founded in 1986 by Bruce Pavitt. Sub Pop achieved fame in the late 1980s for signing Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney, central players in the grunge movement. They are often credited with helping popularize grunge music. The label's roster includes Fleet Foxes, Foals, Beach House, The Postal Service, Flight of the Conchords, Sleater-Kinney, Blitzen Trapper, Father John Misty, Shabazz Palaces, METZ, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and The Shins. In 1995 the owners of Sub Pop sold a 49% stake of the label to the Warner Music Group.

Richard Gottehrer is an American songwriter, record producer and record label executive. In 1997, he founded The Orchard, an independent music and video distribution company.

Contents

Music

Too True was compared to British alternative rock bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Cure, the Stone Roses, Suede, and the Jesus and Mary Chain. [3] The production on the album featured heavy use of reverb and multiple layers of guitars. [4]

Siouxsie and the Banshees English rock band

Siouxsie and the Banshees were a British rock band, formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. They have been widely influential, both over their contemporaries and with later acts. Mojo rated guitarist John McGeoch in their list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" for his work on "Spellbound". The Times cited the group as "one of the most audacious and uncompromising musical adventurers of the post-punk era".

The Cure English rock band

The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley in 1976. The band members have changed several times, with guitarist and songwriter Robert Smith the only constant member. The band's debut album was Three Imaginary Boys (1979) and this, along with several early singles, placed the band in the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom. During the early 1980s the band's increasingly dark and tormented music, as well as Smith's stage look, was a staple of the emerging style of music known as gothic rock.

The Stone Roses English rock band

The Stone Roses were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1983. One of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the band's classic & most prominent lineup consisted of vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani and drummer Reni.

Background

Frontwoman Dee Dee began to write Too True while touring for End of Daze , and in November 2012, she began to record the album with Gottehrer at Pet Sounds at East West Studios in Hollywood. However, Dee Dee soon realized her voice was damaged from touring, which halted recording. During this break, she rewrote lead single "Lost Boys & Girls Club" and slowly recorded the vocals herself back in New York City. [5]

Kristin Gundred, known professionally as Kristin Kontrol, is an American musician, singer and songwriter. She is best known as founder and lead singer of indie rock band Dum Dum Girls, with whom she has released five studio albums between 2010 and 2014.

<i>End of Daze</i> 2012 EP by Dum Dum Girls

End of Daze is the fourth EP by Dum Dum Girls, released September 25, 2012 by Sub Pop. This was the third Dum Dum Girls recording produced by Richard Gottehrer and the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner, and the fourth overall for Gottehrer.

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The song "Are You Okay?" was originally written and intended for Ronnie Spector but Gottehrer convinced Dee Dee to keep it for herself. [6]

Ronnie Spector American singer

Ronnie Spector is an American singer. Spector was the lead singer of the rock/pop vocal girl group the Ronettes, who had a string of hits during the early to mid–1960s such as "Be My Baby", "Baby, I Love You", and "The Best Part of Breakin' Up". Subsequently, Spector launched her solo career and has since released five studio albums and one extended play.

Promotion

The album and track listing were unveiled on October 31, 2013, alongside the release of the video for the first single, "Lost Boys & Girls Club," which premiered with H&M. [7] On November 15, a teaser video for "Too True to Be Good" was released in conjunction with V . [8] The "Lost Boys & Girls Club" single was released on December 17, 2013. [9]

H&M Swedish multinational clothing-retail company

Hennes & Mauritz AB is a Swedish multinational clothing-retail company known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children. H&M and its associated companies operate in 62 countries with over 4,500 stores and as of 2015 employed around 132,000 people. It is the second-largest global clothing retailer, just behind Spain-based Inditex. The company has a significant online presence, with online shopping available in 33 countries:

<i>V</i> (American magazine) American fashion magazine

V magazine is an American fashion magazine published since 1999. The magazine is printed seasonally and highlights trends in fashion, film, music and art. A men's fashion quarterly entitled VMAN started as an offshoot in 2003.

The second single from the album, "Rimbaud Eyes", premiered January 11, 2014 via Sub Pop's official Soundcloud page. [10] NPR premiered the full album on January 20 through an exclusive "first listen" stream on their website. [11]

NPR US non-profit membership media organization

National Public Radio is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization based in Washington, D.C. NPR differs from other non-profit membership media organizations, such as AP, in that it was established by an act of Congress and most of its member stations are owned by government entities. It serves as a national syndicator to a network of over 1,000 public radio stations in the United States.

The band performed "Rimbaud Eyes" on The Late Show with David Letterman on January 30, 2014. This appearance marked the band's second televised performance. [12] The entire "Too True to Be Good" video was released February 19, 2014 to promote the band's North American tour. [13]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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Upon its release, Too True received generally positive reviews from critics. [20] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72 based on 37 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". [20] In his review published on The A.V. Club , Ryan Kyle praised the album, saying that "Too True finds Dee Dee enlisting a drum machine to give songs like 'Little Minx' and 'Evil Blooms' a much more rigid backbone than the band’s songs have had in the past". [3] Paste hailed the record, stating that "Dee Dee’s voice is what stands out. It’s achingly emotive in its minimal range". [4] Mojo qualified Too True as "a perfect pop balance of cliche and rawness, with mythic ambition and songs that make you a three-minute hero". [21] Uncut wrote that it was "a bold album". [22] No Ripcord criticized the album's production, stating that the band "needs to play to its strengths, rather than a production style" and asking, "What's the point of writing great riffs if you can't properly listen to them?". [23]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Dee Dee.

No.TitleLength
1."Cult of Love"2:14
2."Evil Blooms"2:35
3."Rimbaud Eyes"3:30
4."Are You Okay?"2:50
5."Too True to Be Good"3:04
6."In the Wake of You"2:40
7."Lost Boys & Girls Club"3:24
8."Little Minx"2:29
9."Under These Hands"3:29
10."Trouble Is My Name"4:01
Total length:30:16

Personnel

Adapted from Too True liner notes: [25]

Recorded at East West Studios, Los Angeles and The Coven, New York City.

Release history

CountryDateFormatLabel
Japan [26] January 22, 2014 CD, digital download, LP record Sub Pop
United Kingdom [27] January 27, 2014
Canada [28] January 28, 2014
United States [1]

A limited number of copies of the LP version of the album were released on light blue and white spattered vinyl as a "Loser Edition." [29]

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