The Valley (Equal Vision)
Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Fri., April 8, 2011
EisleyThe Valley (Equal Vision)
When the DuPree siblings of Tyler scooched onto the national scene in 2003, their richly drawn narratives of fantastical critters rendered in broad, dramatic strokes approached some musical version of Lewis Carroll. The drama and first-class musicianship remain on The Valley, but its ethos is more Twilight than Pan's Labyrinth. Singers Sherri and Stacy, their voices having gained womanly contours over the years, front breakup songs informed by the group of twentysomethings' staggering array of broken marriages and engagements. The thundering title track sets the course as the women alternate their tales of woe, from the straightforward "Sad" to the wistful "Better Love." By the time the whiny "Ambulance" draws to a close, the listener has lovesick fatigue because, ultimately, it's frustrating to hear a bunch of smart, talented, creative women whining about their love problems.