Miss Derringer – Winter Hill

July 19, 2009

missderringerIf you can imagine a really poppy X, or a Blondie produced by 60’s era Phil Spector, that’s what you’re in for with Southern California based band Miss Derringer’s third album, Winter Hill. Fronted by Liz McGrath and Morgan Slade, the band blends bluesy Americana, rockabilly, surf music, 60’s girl group music and a bit of punk into slickly produced indie pop tunes. The best songs, “Click Click (Bang Bang),” “Bulletproof Heart,” “Black Tears” and “Heartbreaks & Razorblades,” hit on just the right mixture of the above influences. Considering Miss Derringer’s influences, one would think the music on Winter Hill would have a bit more grit and fire, but alas, those qualities are mostly in short supply, which is a bit of a disappointment. However, if you can forgive the album for its lack of edginess and embrace its poppiness within, Winter Hill may be the album for you.



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