Click here for the 2020 Best of Orlando® Readers Poll ballot!

Wednesday, July 22, 1998

Review - The Thrill of Gravity

Artist: Dolly Varden

Posted on Wed, Jul 22, 1998 at 4:00 AM

Dolly Varden lacks a Dolly and a Varden, but that seems to be beside the point. At a time when droves of alternative-country bands are cashing in -- with results as appetizing as a whiff of a 7-11 microwave -- Dolly Varden comes through with an album as refreshing as Uncle Tupelo's early efforts.

The band detours through some interesting and difficult-to-pigeonhole territory. "Lucky 23" is a straightforward-country approach, slow and methodical with a soothing melody and a fuzzed backward guitar that flirts with audibility. Similarly down-tempoed and tweaked, "Sunflower Drag" sticks some interesting Beatle influences into the mix.

Still, Dolly Varden know how to whoop it up -- a little. Tracks like "Dangerously Thin," "First Class Blackout" and "I Can't Wait Anymore," though hardly barn-burners, certainly will set toes tapping. There's enough for spirited dancing, and sometimes that's all it takes.

Tags:

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 3, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation