June 02, 2023

The dB's - Stands For DeciBels (1981) ☠

*U.S. first pressings. 
Contains 12 tracks total and remastered audio.
Country: U.S.A. 
Genre: Jangle Pop
Label Number: IRSD-81000
 ☠: Selected by Lass
© 1981-1989 I.R.S. Records
 On their debut, the dB's combined a reverence for British pop and arty, post-punk leanings that alternate between minimalism and a love of quirky embellishment, odd sounds, and unexpected twists; Stands for Decibels is clearly a collegiate pop experiment, but rarely is experimentation so enjoyable and irresistibly catchy. Singing and songwriting duties are shared equally by Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple -- Stamey, more quirky and psychedelic-leaning with a winsome, pure-pop whine, is nicely balanced by Holsapple's more earthy drawl and straightforward approach. The album stands not only as a landmark power-pop album, but also as a prototype for much of the Southern jangle that would follow. [Stands for Decibels remained criminally unavailable in the U.S. for years. When IRS reissued it on CD in 1989, Holsapple's "Judy" was added as a bonus track.]

tags: the dbs, stands for decibels, 1981, 1989, flac,


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