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Punk / New Wave - Released December 1, 2010 | Dischord Records

Despite the hubbub surrounding the Cigarette Girl from the Future and You Are Right to be Afraid EPs, Beauty Pill's full-length The Unsustainable Lifestyle is not so much exciting as it is intellectual, reflecting the arch modernism that's been percolating in indie rock -- mostly on the East Coast -- since at least the late '90s. It also feels like a patchwork at times, though this is to be expected considering lineup fluctuations and the two-year recording span detailed in the liners. Lifestyle's vocal presence ends up split between Wurlitzer player Rachel Burke and BP main brain Chad Clark; the musical palette has its variations, but only gives the guitars any opportunity to be loud or crazy (see the warbling, chiming leads alternating with weird dubby breakdowns in "Such Large Portions!"). "The Mule on the Plane" and "Western Prayer" drive forward at different paces, but are conscious of the deliberateness and concision that have become hallmarks of Dischord, not to mention Yo La Tengo's work, which keeps wafting through Lifestyle. Burke adds to this deliberateness with her precise intonation; on the acoustic standout "Prison Song" as well as "Quote Devout Unquote," her detachment makes her sound a lot like Mary Timony. Another highlight is "Nancy Medley, Girl Genius, Age 15," where Clark's near whisper guides an ambling post-rock guitar line shifting gracefully between a soothing melody and an urgent teeter of dangling notes. After mentioning both bomb-sniffing and seeing-eye dogs during its duration, The Unsustainable Lifestyle ends with a subtly catchy solo guitar, references to Idi Amin, and a challenge for the listener to stop terrible things from happening. For its part, the album is certainly not terrible. The instrumentation might have made more of a statement, but its intellectualism and studied approach make Beauty Pill's next move intriguing. © Johnny Loftus /TiVo

Punk / New Wave - Released December 1, 2010 | Dischord Records

The found sound that starts this EP may throw you off a bit, but get through it, because this is one of those little moments that make you glad that you delved deeper into underground music. There is not one throwaway track here. From the warm organ sounds of "Copyists" through the rocking guitars on "You Are Right to Be Afraid," each song radiates a sense of closeness without being smothering. The elements of former bands are easy to see, but this combination of musicians takes those bands' ideas to a grand new level, with brand new psych flourishes, organs, etc. This is probably one of the best things Dischord has put out in a while, and that's saying something given that the label rarely, if ever, misses. The full-length is greatly anticipated. © Chris True /TiVo