Bridezilla
The First Dance


3.0
good

Review

by AtavanHalen USER (181 Reviews)
November 4th, 2009 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An uneasy debut sees Sydney girls-and-guy create a sound that's very pretty but lacking in edge.

Remember your final year of high school at all" Going about the normal things teenagers are doing at that stage: exams, parties, socialising, playing Australia’s biggest music festivals, touring overseas, releasing a critically acclaimed EP…oh wait, that wasn’t you" Sorry, it’s just with the way Sydney band Bridezilla have gone about things, it just seems as natural as any other inner-city kid’s life.

The last couple of years have been both insanely busy and ridiculously fortunate for the quintet – the kind of schedule that has seen them grow up much quicker than others at their age. All of this has finally culminated in the release of the band’s debut album, The First Dance. It is a brooding album of sorrow and lament – so much so that it initially deters your listening into being uncomfortable. Having said that, there’s still a strong chance that fans of alternative/indie rock with a symphonic touch will find moments of pleasure here.

The most significant fault to be had with The Last Dance is the band’s conspicuous struggles in turning their quirks into worthwhile musical aspects. Yes, they have a saxophonist and a violin player – and that’s fine and dandy in terms of helping the band stand out from their contemporaries. It can even add to the atmosphere of the songs, with the melodramatic sway of “Heart You Hold” holding significant water for violinist Daisy Tulley. It becomes a problem for the band, however, when these two instruments either sift off into the background of the music or are struggling to be heard over Holiday Sidewinder’s world-weary, Sarah Blasko-esque sighs or Pia May’s rich, echoing guitar. Not all bands can work democratically, but if you’re going to have a line-up which deviates itself from the norm, perhaps the music itself should follow suit.

Additionally, the album suffers from an unfortunately high amount of filler, making the highlights few and far between as the more boring, similar-sounding numbers bleed into one another. While we’re on the topic of being boring, just why exactly is everything so softly-spoken and underplayed" The band proved with their EP’s lead single, “Brown Paper Bag”, that they can create the kind of music that swirls and upsurges in an upbeat manner whilst still maintaining that sense of slightly-paranoid melancholy. On here, however, practically everything is a cautious whisper dragged out for twice its needed length. Even when things threaten to pick up the pace (“White Feather”, “Heart You Hold”) and get exciting, the songs anticlimactically ride along the very edge. Essentially, they are spending their entirety on the verge of something big and bluntly stopping before anything of note can happen. It’s moments like these that truly leave a bitter taste in listener’s mouths that are aware that the band can not only aim higher, but also hit the target.

In spite of obvious flaws, there are still a handful of truly lovely moments of music. This is the kind that can easily substantiate any claims that this is a band that overflowing with potential. Take the opening couple of “Lunar Eclipse” and single “Beaches”. The former sees Sidewinder moaning her lonesome blues through a distorted microphone as Tulley and saxophonist Millie Hall march through a tale of a broken heart in repair. The latter is one of the best things the band have put to record – gorgeously arranged harmonies are matched with a multifaceted backdrop that shifts its weight around equally amongst each member in its two and a half minutes. If there is anything that you will keep coming back to, chances are it will be one of these two tracks.

The First Dance is somewhat of a race between blissful, charming melody and overtly boring pretension. Disappointingly, it almost always seems like the latter is getting closer to the finish line than the former. Still, to discredit a band so young entirely really does seem rash. There’s only one way to put it: much like the pomegranate that adorns the album cover, The First Dance is a sometimes food.



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BallsToTheWall
November 4th 2009


49016 Comments


Intersting. iWill probaly myspace this. Good review.

Digging: Protector - Golem

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 4th 2009


3912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I heard this was out, but I haven't really had much inclination to check it out, I figured that after the EP (which was really good), an entire album of songs by these guys might slide into meandering territory. Guess I was right. Still, Holiday is one of the most gorgeous frontwoman ever, if only because of her attitude on stage - you can literally see her hands shaking when she's not singing. And she actually IS beautiful. And her voice is lovely and omg I just want her.

BallsToTheWall
November 4th 2009


49016 Comments


Is that a mf'in pomengrant on the cover? Epic..

AtavanHalen
November 4th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks, guys.



Streetlight, man, I know! She's so gorgeous.



If any of you don't know who we're talking about:



[IMG]http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Splendour+Grass+Festival+Day+1+eIQZ0a_oEPDl.jpg[/IMG]



My fucking lord...

BallsToTheWall
November 4th 2009


49016 Comments


Kind of reminds me of another stunning blonde who i currently cant remember.

AtavanHalen
November 4th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

She's got an amazing voice, too

Chewie
November 4th 2009


4539 Comments


pomegranates ftw.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 4th 2009


3912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If yall are so intent on pomegranates, check out pomegranates the band, they dropped one of the happiest/joyful albums this year.



/whoring out random bands.

AtavanHalen
November 4th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I dunno if I have a favourite food band.



Maybe Cake?

catsinflats
November 5th 2009


129 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i dug their ep, giving the album a listen now and it is kinda boring although dome really great songs



and after seeing that pic i think i like them a little bit more, i know im shallow.

AtavanHalen
November 5th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Can hardly blame you.

Roach
November 5th 2009


2148 Comments


nope, girl's not hot. Sorry.

AtavanHalen
November 5th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So at what point did you become comfortable with your homosexuality?

Roach
November 5th 2009


2148 Comments


She's ugly.

I tend to find attractive girls attractive.

AtavanHalen
November 5th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Look, it's okay - if anything, I'd ENJOY the GLBT company on this site.

Roach
November 5th 2009


2148 Comments


These girls please.

[img]http://www.hollyscoop.com/BlogImages/28875113---bondeva3.jpg[/img]
[img]http://images.dailyradar.com/media/uploads/showhype/story_large/2008/11/28/olga_kurylenko_maxim_bond_07.jpg[/img]
[img]http://deathwearsdiamondjewellery.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/zooey4.jpg[/img]

Fugue
November 5th 2009


7371 Comments


I'm liking the hot girl posting.

Just wondering, is your review strategy now to review albums by bands with awesome names.

AtavanHalen
November 5th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh Zooey how original indieshit



Also is that fucking Misha Barton

Roach
November 5th 2009


2148 Comments


Eva Green
Olga Kurylenko
Zooey Deschanel

no Mischa Barton there nuh uh


AtavanHalen
November 5th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Who the fuck are the first two and why should I care



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