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The Bell Notes - I've Had Itdotdot
artworkThere are several instrumental backtracks here worth noting. As for the vocal tracks here, there's a simple and honest quality to the Bell Notes' brand of almost DIY pop. The title track is one of those fifties tracks that stick with you. It's a slightly melodic song with low key anger that immediately links to everyone's point of no return, the point at which you say I've had it! This is the sound of the band throughout the CD. The college chorus sound of the vocals and the shimmering guitar based backtracks are charming in a prom kinda way.
Picks: Betty Dear, Old Spanish Town [backtrack], Sad Guitar [backtrack], Protect My Love [backtrack], Dream Street [backtrack]

Track by Track Review

Betty Dear dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Betty Dear" is a nearly melody free progressional thing with a sax break and a friendly feel. Aside from being an obscure period recording, it holds no magic.

Old Spanish Town [backtrack] dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This track, while missing the lead and melody, sports a very enjoyable vibrato guitar and wonderful fifties plinky piano. The shimmer and warmth overcome the undubbed and incomplete nature of the track. You can feel the surf coming a few years down the road.

Sad Guitar [backtrack] dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This backtrack is close enough to complete as is that is can fit in between tracks in your surf set without being obtrusive. The balance between the stellar piano work and the slightly harsh more throbbing vibrato is very good.

Protect My Love [backtrack] dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is less interesting, more piano than guitar. It's fifties prom feel is cute and fairly trite. The vibrato break is nice, but not enough to make it last in your RAM.

Dream Street [backtrack] dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is classic backtrack material, in dire need of the vocal or a lead guitar.