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Classic Album Review: The Breeders | Title TK

The Deal sisters remain endearingly ragged on their first album in a decade.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


It’s been what, about 10 years since the last Breeders album?

That’s a long time. Long enough to make you think that maybe things will be different this time — like maybe Kim and Kelley Deal will have learned to play guitar or sing properly. But no, no, thank heavens, no. Title TK shows this reunited sister act and their new-model Breeders are just as endearingly ragged as ever. Kim still writes embarrassingly simple indie-pop ditties based around three barre chords. She and Kelley still harmonize with all the skill and innocence of a grade-school choir. And the band still lay down every riff and beat as straightforwardly as possible. The only changes here are textural and contextural — most of these dozen songs are slower and most of their lyrics are darker and meaner than the loopy Cannonball-pop of Last Splash. So maybe the Deals are seeing life a little more seriously these days. Even so, Title TK is proof that while they’re getting older, that doesn’t mean they’re getting better. And here’s to that.