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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

La Sera 'Sees the Light'

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For her sophomore outing, former Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman sheds her cloudy outer layer and becomes one with her music. Here La Sera opts for directness over dimness, like light breaking warmly through shadows. Sees the Light is ostensibly a breakup record, but songs like the fuzz-happy SoCal pop of "Break My Heart" hardly fit the mold of what we think that means. Like former bandmate Frankie Rose, whose recent album was a step in a more streamlined direction, Goodman has transformed La Sera into a melodic pop mechanism, a rejection of lo-fi garage grime and an embrace of the sunnier side of life. On occasion this leads to missteps, like the calypso-tinged "Real Boy," which is so light on substance it nearly floats away "Please Be My Third Eye" is a perfect balance between three-chord punk attitude and jangly dream-pop, an instance where Goodman gets it so right that the listening experience is bliss. (Hardly Art) 3 out of 5 stars

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