Album Review: Tarnish and Undress by Breech

Album Name: Tarnish and Undress
Artist: Breech
Year/Label: 2007 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
Note: this was one of those times that just as I was posting my review of this, Anna Maria sent me hers!

Breech is lead by Missy Gibson. She has a fantastic voice. It reminds me of someone but I can’t place it.

I love that they financed their previous album by a series of bake sales.

There’s something about this band that sounds kind of 80s, especially Saboteur.

One of my favorites is Schubert Waltz. The lyrics are great and the melody is intricate and interesting. Plus she gets to growl. I want to sing (snarl) along. It reminds me of Jill Tracy or a milder Dresden Dolls. Fabulous song!

I have realized that I really love songs that are in ¾ time (i.e. waltzes). So I like that Breech has included two here. Of course, I also like Sweet One (Stalkers Waltz). It’s got some great lyrics as well as fabulous melody:

“I feel your teeth in my mattress.” And later, “I can’t hear you with that gag in your mouth.” Now you don’t hear that in love songs everyday. Such strange lyrics set to a happy melody. Creepy. Fantastic.

I enjoy this record a lot. It’s one that will go into my personal rotation for sure.

Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Missy Gibson and her band are back, with a stunning new album.

The rockin’ sounds of opener Grounded are the band at their solid best. Gibson has a strong, raspy voice and uses it well.

Unrequited is a high-charged song that really shows the bands gifts. Dave Philips underscores the intensity on pedal steel and guitarist Mike Flanagan adds strong backing vocals.

Safe Here is a nice, jazzy diversion with Gibson playing the chanteuse well.

Sweet One”(Stalker Waltz) uses barbed words against a lovely backdrop. Such a contrast makes for a good song.

Breech has made a great album.

Posted on November 30, 2007

Track Listing
Listen to track samples while you read
1 Grounded
2 Saboteur
3 Unrequited
4 Girl of A Mess
5 Concealed
6 Keeper of the Key
7 Safe Here
8 Time Won’t Heal
9 Schubert Waltz
10 Pristine
11 Sweet One (Stalker Waltz)
12 Texas
13 Real Life
14 No More

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