The Black Watch | Very Mary Beth

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Very Mary Beth

by The Black Watch

A long-standing indie pop band with mesmerizing melodies and soaring vocals.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. All These Shivers
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2. Mary Beth
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3. There Must Be Something Wrong
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4. Beautiful
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5. Bitter Getting Better
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6. Floating
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7. That's Just How It Went This Time Around
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8. Kick
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9. Kensington Gardens
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10. The Girl of My Dreams
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11. The Tug Attraction
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12. Magic Shoes
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Album Notes
Greek philosopher Heraclitus said a long time ago, "Nothing endures but change." Change may be the one constant in the life of The Black Watch. From line-ups to labels, The Black Watch have experienced change, and continue to evolve, adapt, and prosper.

This summer, The Black Watch is releasing the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Jiggery-Pokery on Stonegarden Records. This new effort, Very Mary Beth, though sans-J'Anna-Jacoby, is the ideal next step for this long-standing indie band. Each song creates a different mood- from yearning to hopefulness, dark to light. The sound has been compared to indie rock legends The Cure and seminal band My Bloody Valentine. Fredrick's lyrics are characteristically stimulating and candid, a la Nick Drake.

Very Mary Beth begins with a dreamy ballad and then takes the listener on an emotional journey, ending with a happy, jangly love song. Because of the departure of Fredrick's musical and romantic partner Jacoby, some tracks, like "Bitter Getting Better," and "Kick," demonstrate the bleaker side of The Black Watch.

Conversely, there are some very optimistic songs such as "Mary Beth," "The Girl of My Dreams," and "Beautiful" that brighten the record and add a whimsical twist. Altogether, the instrumentation and tone of Very Mary Beth create an album in which to lose oneself.


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Rex Holmes

Not Their Best, But a Good Album
A bit of a letdown after the brilliant Jiggery-Pokery, but yet another worthy release from LA's most overlooked purveyors of pristine guitar pop.

There are some instant classics here, such as the drowsy, heartbroken "All These Shivers," which recalls a cross between Red House Painters and classic Cure. "Mary Beth" takes the opposite tack, suggesting the dizzying rush of new love with its big choruses and bright guitar hooks. "Kensington Gardens" is a fluttery, pastoral ode to the London park. The rest of the album pales in comparison to these great tracks; gone are J'anna Jacoby's distinctive violin and vocals, and certainly some of the mid-tempo songs--of which there are too many--could have used a bit of her magic. Still, a worthy addition to the already impressive Black Watch discography.