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Classic Album Review: Tyro | Audiocards

The Georgia couple rewire the electronica schematic with punky, angular guitars.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Show me a co-ed musical duo in 2001 and I’ll show you an electronica act — Portishead, Everything But the Girl, the list goes on and on. But it stops with the husband-and-wife team of Katie and Skipper Hartley of Athens, Ga.

The former leaders of alt-pop combo Toenut, Katie and Skipper (could those names be more all-American or what?) are no knob-twiddling torch-tune twosome on their debut disc under the handle Tyro. Oh sure, these 13 bouncy tracks have more than their share of blip-bloopy keyboards, off-kilter loops and silly samples behind Katie’s breathy, charmingly untrained vocals. But these tracks also have guitars, and plenty of ’em — punky, angular guitars that add a choppy percussive element to the mix, moving things closer to a dreamier version of The B-52s, or perhaps Liz Phair at the helm of Brainiac. OK, it ain’t exactly Royal Trux or The White Stripes, but it still packs a pretty decent punch.

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