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ALBUM REVIEW: My Goodness ‘Shiver + Shake’

With only two members, My Goodness has a powerful and memorable sound. Joel Schneider attacks each phrase with strong vocals accompanied by well-placed reverb. After hearing this album just once, the words and melody will stick with you.

The album explodes with potential anthems. The title track, “Shiver + Shake,” combines Andy Lum’s drumming and Schneider’s vocals and guitar perfectly. Its waltz rhythm suggests a bluesy hard-driving sea shanty whose rhythm lasts well after the last chord.

The second track of the album, “Back Again,” also has anthem potential. Listen just to the intro, and you might be convinced you’re about to listen to a track lifted from All American Rejects or Fall Out Boy. But suddenly, Schneider and Lum shift to a steady 4/4 time in chords deeply rooted in rock  tradition.

In “Hangin On,” the fourth track on the album, Schneider shows off his vocal range, singing much of the song in falsetto. And yet again he and Lum shift into a stripped-down style. Slower than the first three tracks, “Hangin On” somehow sounds acoustic, even though Schneider’s hasn’t changed instruments. Meanwhile, Lum’s percussion moves to the foreground of the sound.

The last track, “Lost in the Soul,” moves in a very different direction. Fully acoustic and backed by strings “Lost in the Soul” sounds like a song from a different band. I love this. The versatility of Schneider and Lum keep the sound compelling through all thirteen tracks. It is always a struggle for an artist to produce an album whose every song is unpredictable. My Goodness achieves it.

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Ariella Laichas-Malamud

Co-editor of this fine publication and loving every minute of it. Music is my life as seen by all of my usernames. When I'm not doing music, I'm watching netflix or talking about poetry. Native to sunny city by the beach, English major in one of the rainiest cities on earth.

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