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Shepherdess | Self Titled

Shepherdess | Self Titled
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Shepherdess is a group of Boston-based music workhorses, each with at least two other band credits to their name. The band’s sound is straight out of 1995 and I love them for that. This album sounds a lot like what the music of this last decade could have been if Emo and boy bands hadn’t happened. It is candy for twenty-somethings that remember the glory days when great music was born in garages and falling pathetically in love with attitude-laden she-rockers was a rite of passage. Almost a guilty pleasure, I find myself sneaking this album back into my stereo when I should be reviewing someone else.

The production value is endearingly lo-fi (though they probably should have turned their amps back down to 10 on “Aquaplanagerie”). Fans of heavily produced pop and electronica might find this a little too bare bones, but give a listen anyway. The band is clearly having a lot of fun on this album and regardless of genre that energy is infectious.

My only complaint is that the album ends too soon. With no songs hitting the four-minute mark, the disc comes in at just under a half hour. I appreciate the punk ethic of saying what you came to say and then moving on (no refrains repeated ad nauseam here), but I’d love to see some more content. But I suppose that’s what second albums are for.

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Justin Shatwell


Justin Shatwell


Justin Shatwell is a longtime contributor to Yankee Magazine whose work explores the unique history, culture, and art that sets New England apart from the rest of the world. His article, The Memory Keeper (March/April 2011 issue), was named a finalist for profile of the year by the City and Regional Magazine Association.
Updated Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

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