by Damien Borovsky
Girlpool are talented. Consisting of Cleo Tucker on guitar and Harmony
Trividad on bass (both sing) the two are able to, quite successfully, pluck the
listener from the age-diverse and sweaty crowd and plop them right onto their
weed-cracked hometown sidewalk. The songs are simple and easy to grasp--not
surprising considering the subject matter of the songs and lack of instruments—but
the songs still seem somewhat larger than whatever image of high school and
sidewalks they portray. They feel bold but, more importantly, confident; confident
that the message they send, even if it is a personal one to a specific person in their
lives, is important for everyone to listen to. Vocally the harmonies and unisons are
just pleasing to listen to, and the same can be said of the minimalist guitar and bass.
My only fear is that, without another member or two (especially a drummer), they
will be quite limited going into their sophomore album (fingers crossed).