All Girl Band is one of those unique, spontaneous albums whose charm lies in its brutal confessional appeal.
Channeling something dark and earthy, these provocative songs will make you squirm with their honesty...and any discomfort you feel in listening will make the experience all the more sweet.
Terami's humble voice and quirky melodies are reminiscent of Aimee Mann and Liz Phair with a touch of Tori Amos thrown in for good measure. She cites these artists as inspiration, but her significant piano skills and daring lyrics set her apart from a mere disciple.
When this album was recorded, audiences were just discovering the vicarious thrill of lo-fi, confessional albums. However, Terami didn't know that at the time. She had locked herself in her bedroom with an 8-track over a rainy three day weekend and recorded the entire album. When she emerged, she played what she had to friends who let their jaws drop to the floor. This album is ballsy.
The amateur recording technique adds an innocent and powerful character to the album. The street sounds lend a dirty texture to the songs, but it's the unpolished music that is the most disarming. Terami did not want production to separate her from the listener. She wanted to make the most direct, immediate, and fragile connection possible. And she succeeded.