March 21, 2013
Parenthetical Girls - 'Privilege (Abridged)'
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8 / 10 The clue to the composition of ‘Privilege (Abridged)’ is there in the title. Comprising a selection of tracks from Parenthetical Girls’ string of ‘Privilege’ EPs, released 2010–12, this microcosm of recent releases forms a convincing narrative. Gone is the orchestration of 2008’s ‘Entanglements’, though the melodrama of the Portland band’s baroque pop remains. ‘Careful Who You Dance With’ pegs them as a rough-hewn Erasure; but elsewhere, David Byrne collaborator Jherek Bischoff provides theatrical instrumentation for Zac Pennington’s vocal histrionics, which are peppered with the barely suppressed bitterness that befits a man with a serious Morrissey obsession.
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