Frausdots Couture, Couture, Couture

[Sub Pop; 2004]

Rating: 3/5

Styles: ’80s art rock
Others: Echo and the Bunnymen, The Jesus and Mary Chain

Consisting of Beachwood Sparks member Brent Rademaker and singer Michelle Loiselle, who sang on Use Your Illusion II, Frausdots brought in The Cure's Roger O'Donnel and a host of other artists for the making of Couture, Couture, Couture. For those of us who were alive during the '80s but only old enough to remember Popples and Cabbage Patch Kids, Couture, Couture, Couture has a recognizable sound. But this isn't the '80s, is it? With all the generational throwback we are experiencing right now with the garage, punk, no-wave ilk of fine, fine artistry, Frausdots is, somewhat, a step in another direction of '80s rock. More the Bret Easton Ellis, let's do coke with James Spader '80s. At least on the outside. Couture, Couture, Couture could largely be considered an anti-'80s, '80s album. While the form may very well fit into the '80s standard, Rademaker has made a sincere album that deals with results of loneliness and rejection -- two things that are arguably a product of the '80s. While some of the tracks on the album may get bogged down in their own slumped posture, tracks like "The Extremists," "A Go-See," and "Soft Light" are instantly palatable and give a take on the '80s which says, blame the decade, not the music.

1. Dead Wrong
2. Fashion Death Trends
3. The Extremists
4. Soft Light
5. A Go-See
6. Broken Arrows
7. Current Bedding
8. The Man Who Dreaded Sundown
9. Contact
10. Tomorrow's Sky

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