September 2013 National Music Reviews

Reviews: Jamaican Queens – Wormfood

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Jamaican Queens
Wormfood
Self-Released
Street: 03.05
Jamaican Queens = Animal Collective / Vampire Weekend + Ape School

In the age of “anyone’s an artist,” genre-mashing groups continue to spring forth. While more notable acts like Purity Ring and Sleigh Bells benefit from finer production, Jamaican Queens fall short in this area. Similar to Sleigh Bells, their sound grabs my attention, but fails to hold it for long. “Caitlin” is an exception. Its harmonies and lighthearted pop make it their best work on the album. Ryan Spencer’s strained pitch and background vocals are appealing—but overall the album feels too digital and contrived for me. Through its album art and lyrics, Wormfood proves to be more focused on shock value than its musical value. – Justin Gallegos
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