Duenow
"If You Could Only See What They Are Doing To You"

(Sound Records 2003)Duenow - If You Could Only See What They Are Doing To You

The strongly rhythmic debut from Chicago's Duenow, "If You Could Only See What They Are Doing To You," is a mish mash of styles and sounds that is scratching and rapping one moment before pop rock breaks through to dominate the next and harmonica howls throughout. With all this action, getting lost could be easy but Duenow use short tracks to pepper "If You Could Only See What They Are Doing To You," segmenting the album into several small movements.

A twangy guitar hook leads the rap/rock "Six Packs" that is sure to catch many ears with its attitude and story of a rough child/parent relationship. Upbeat harmonica driven tracks like "The Peak" and "Second Best" have bright sounds while "Light Enough" and "Disjunct Jimmy" recall certain 90s alt rock sounds. Memorable hooks on both "But" and "Brother Brother" shine through on the energetic tracks.

Short tracks such as "Introduction," where percussion leads and monotone vocals repeat the album's title, and "Las Playas de los Sucious," a forty-some second track of sliding horns and light vocalizing, are interesting but odd additions. Elsewhere, Duenow mix a traditional pop sound with a less traditional sound for the full sound of "Sneeze."

Duenow's "If You Could Only See What They Are Doing To You" is a quirky and fun new breed of pop that hops all over the musical spectrum. Scavenging through the last few decades, Duenow puts it all together coherently for what is a light and entertaining collection.

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