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God Help the Girl: God Help the Girl

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God Help the Girl: <em>God Help the Girl</em>

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While Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch seems a bit retiring for the role of Simon Cowell, his process of auditioning female vocalists for the pseudo-musical God Help the Girl really should have been filmed. While one presumes vocalist Catherine Ireton has a bit more hipster flare than Susan Boyle, her discovery is in itself quite stunning, as her girly charm out-Zooeys Zooey on the title track. Add two vocalists who won an online competition, Asya from teen band Smoosh and a few instrumental tracks, and it’s fresh without being much of a departure from Murdoch’s previous work. While there are fewer barbs and the atmosphere is less filigreed, as with Belle & Sebastian, you’re either down with the twee or not. Tuneful as this is, it’s hard to write it off without feeling like a rockist grinch.

Listen to God Help the Girl on MySpace.

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