Review by Lindsey Craun.
Like a train wreck, Vanity Theft’s newest album, Get What You Came For, steals your attention from the moment you press play. The all-girl indie-rock group takes on the issues every girl encounters throughout her life with a head-on edged-out attitude that emanates from lead vocalist Alicia Grodecki’s voice throughout the ten-track album.
I couldn’t help but think the lyrics of its first song, “Trainwreck,” were extracted directly from my own thoughts, constantly exclaiming, “Oh, I kinda liked it.” If that were the case, the next verse would read something like,”Damn, this is catchy.” Often girl groups take a softer approach to their music. Not them. Vanity Theft isn’t afraid to let loose and show their rough and tough side. Elise Driskill’s driving beats introduce “Limb From Limb,” a song packed full with fury directed at, from what I can gather, an ex-boyfriend who committed some wrongdoing or another. These chicks mean business, repeatedly threatening to “feed those lions, watch them tear this limb from limb.” There’s no doubt that mystery boy is shaking in his boots if he ever dares to listen to this vengeful song.
The next few tracks, including “My Cup Runneth Over,” “Rattle Rattle,” and “Bit By Bit,” prove great representations of Grodecki’s wide range of vocal talents. Her long, drawn-out croons pleasantly interject catchy choruses backed by Driskill, Brittany Hill on vocals/guitar and Lalaine Paras on bass. The fierce, high-energy feel is constant, contagious and begs you to keep listening.
“Anatomy” starts out with nothing but the simple beat of stomping feet and clapping hands while the girls chant the chorus. Add in a few instruments, and the raw introduction transforms into what came to be my personal favorite of the ten songs. Something about the simplicity of the beat is entrancing, and I found myself just wanting to stomp, clap and dance right along with them.
There’s no doubt the majority of Get What You Came For emits a kind of carefree, sing-along type vibe, but Vanity Theft reveals another facet of their character toward the end of the album. The songs slow, the messages deepen and the talent is exposed. In “Missing Teeth,” the bad-girl edge is lifted to expose a beautiful song that highlights the ensemble’s versatility. It almost acts as a tease, though. I’m all for the fun, amped up songs that Vanity Theft is accustomed to, but after hearing what else they’re capable of, I’m left curious as to what else they’ve got hiding up their sleeve.
Rating: 8.5 of 10