A Little Messed Up

A Little Messed Up

by The Dollyrots


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A Little Messed Up

The Dollyrots' third album takes the California trio one step further away from the punky sound of their 2004 debut record on Lookout and toward the mainstream. While it's true that Kelly Ogden's vocals can still be snotty, and even snarling on occasion, she's more likely to croon sweetly here. Luis Cabezas' guitar is crunchy and distorted, but it's more heavily processed and layered this time out. Many of the songs are uptempo and almost fiery, but on the whole, the record is more cuddly than dangerous. Basically, they've tipped the balance on the pop-punk scale completely to the pop side, and anyone looking for a record that has some bite or holds any surprises might want to look elsewhere. And if you were a fan of the earlier Dollyrots albums, you may be a bit disappointed by the direction they've taken. Having said that, A Little Messed Up isn't a bad record. Not at all, in fact. There's always a place for a well-executed, hooky, and fun pop record sung by a girl with a great voice, and this is one of them. There are quite a few tunes that would sound perfect blasting from a car radio on a summer day like "California Beach Boy," "California," "Some Girls," and "Just Like Chocolate." Sure, they are a little generic musically and cliched lyrically, but there is enough energy in the performances and spirit in the vocals to keep the songs exciting. Mixed in are some sweet love songs ("My Heart Explodes") and ballads ("Pour Tour Jours") that show a softer side of Ogden's persona that contrasts nicely with her usual spunkiness. The only song that doesn't quite work is the over-cooked "Rollercoaster" which throws in too many radio-friendly tricks, and ends up sounding like an attempt to horn in on Taylor Swift's action. Apart from that one easy-to-skip lowlight, the album is an easy to digest 40 minutes of pop
ock that should make labelheads Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna very happy.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2010
Label: Blackheart Records
UPC: 0748337538024
catalogNumber: 380

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dollyrots   Primary Artist
Kim Shattuck   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Fred Archambault   Percussion,Background Vocals
Chris Testa   Percussion,Background Vocals
Kelly Ogden   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Luis Cabezas   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Andy Cabezas   Percussion,Background Vocals
Eddie Vasquez   Percussion,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rich Veltrop   Programming,Engineer
Ken Sluiter   Programming,Engineer
Fred Archambault   Producer,Engineer
Evan Frankfort   Producer,Engineer
Chris Testa   Producer,Engineer
Bassett   Composer
Archambault   Composer
Luis Cabezas   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Carianne Brinkman   Layout
Sylvia Massey   Engineer
Gabe Godin   Layout

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A Little Messed Up 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Itsselninja More than 1 year ago
this album is amazing! the sound is original and so is the band kelly's voice and bass are GREAT luis's guitar is mind blowing and chris is pure awesome at the drums! :D
Fuzzy_the_Merch_Girl More than 1 year ago
every track is immediately catchy and while it still flows from The Dollyrots punk and slightly pop roots, the band is starting to sprinkle more influences into the mix. the album invokes moments of '90's alternative, like Veruca Salt, which is awesome, because that was when the radio was still good! the album "A Little Messed Up" has those toe-tapping, air guitar hooks you've come to expect from The Dollyrots, as well as the sugar-coated attitude and sly wink that underlays most of their lyrics.