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And the award for best album name of the year goes to...Hidden Pictures! The band's latest three-song EP, which we brought your way earlier this week
, is named after the most fab living diva, and the title track is itself quite fab, though in more of a '90s rock kind of way.
The band's a little more aggressive on this one than it's been on previous recordings -- an electric guitar rips through the whole thing, giving the track some extra drive and verve. The other thing I like about "Whitney Houston," which is what I like about a lot of songwriter Richard Gintowt's songs, is that it has a soft chorus. The verse is rollicking and the chorus soothes. Feels right.
The pairing of the electric and acoustic gives off a bit of a Son Volt vibe, but I also feel like there's some Lemonheads in here. That might just be because I've been listening to the Lemonheads too much lately. Listen for yourself at Hidden Pictures' Bandcamp
, where you can buy the whole damn EP for three measly dollars.