January 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: PEP – My Baby and Me

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PEP

My Baby and Me

Self-Released

Street: 02.14

PEP = The Shangri-Las + “Summer Nights” from Grease

Not sure if this is parody or homage, as My Baby and Me is clearly indebted to girl pop groups like The Ronettes and The Shangri-Las, but it brings absolutely nothing new or modern to add anything fresh to what those groups started. Instead of being a natural progression and evolution inspired by these groups, PEP seems content to be a hollow amalgamation of the greatest hits of the ’60s. The sound is too polished, the harmonies too reflexive, and the lyricism safe and boring. In fact, most of these songs sound like they would fit very well on a Kohls holiday commercial. As a huge fan of the groups PEP seems to be imitating, I thought My Baby and Me might grow on me, but after about a dozen listens (the thing is a short 11 minutes long), the only thing I want to do is listen to “Leader of the Pack” on repeat and forget this ever happened. –Taylor Hale
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