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Blonde Redhead: Penny Sparkle

John Calvert, The Quietus, 26 October 2010

ONCE UPON A TIME Blonde Redhead were beautiful. It took a decade of suspiciously designer no wave, but with 2004's Misery Is a Butterfly they finally came into their own. A blood-chilling collection of songs, the mothball smell of antique desolation filled a very eerie setting of falling sand-timers and decaying flowers, ornate with dramatic strings and a porcelain sorrow. It was without doubt one of the releases of the year from a time when New York had more than five different sounds. Then, as befitting of an album of such transient delicacy, no sooner had they found their voice than it was gone.

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