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He Gets Me High

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He Gets Me High album cover
Wrong Feels Right
He Gets Me High
Take Care of My Baby
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
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Total Tracks: 4   Total Length: 13:56

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Wonderfully poppy guitar driven awesome


Yes! This is what I love to hear. Only four tracks, but there's not a hint of wasted space on this stellar collection of pop/alternative bliss. Their cover of The Smiths "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" is right up there with Love Spit Love's fantastic "How Soon is Now?" in the Pantheon of great Smith's covers. Hell, it's one of the best covers I've ever heard, period. And the originals also are stand-out, with the title track being the happiest kind of ear worm you could hope for. Looking for great hooks, gentle female vocals and fuzzy/jangle guitar? Look no further.

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Check out my full review: http://earbuddy.blogspot.com/2011/03/earbuddy-review-dum-dum-girls-he-gets.html

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good stuff


very likable, great guitar sound, distinctive vocals. Someone pointed out to me that they sounded very much like the Primitives, but hey, that's ok. Check out their Big Star cover: http://www.avclub.com/articles/dum-dum-girls-cover-big-star,53070/ It's pretty cool, great jangly sound and beautiful vocals.

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Very Solid


I came across this by chance and was impressed by the sample of the title track. More hooks than a sheet of velcro.

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