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'Faces' Deserves More Than Two Stars

RECEIVED Thu., Jan. 3, 2013

Dear music critic Doug Freeman,
    In your two-star review of Residual Kid's Faces [“Texas Platters Finale,” Music, Dec. 28], you seem to mostly give praise to the group and its release, except for the lyrical content and lack of nuance and texture. I would kindly retort that I find their lyrics about purple shoes or fighting for a lost cause charming, and would like to ask, what kind of lyrics do you want from kids who are 12 and 14? What kind of lyrics were you writing when you were 14, Doug? I would also add that the Frenchie Smith (Sixteen Deluxe) produced album rocks hard, and no, you will not get the textures and nuances of a Fiona Apple record, but she can't make me bounce around in my car like this can. These kids are well ahead of the game, and their release is well beyond your two stars. I think it is important the Austin public knows this.
David Nathan

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