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Formed by acclaimed video director Andrews Jenkins (of Korn, The Dandy Warhols, Nike, Adidas, Mercedes, Budweiser, and EA Games fame) Dirty Halo is a realization of inspired electro-pop...
Dirty Halo - Think Dirty (EP) Pt. 1
Formed by acclaimed video director Andrews Jenkins (of Korn, The Dandy Warhols, Nike, Adidas, Mercedes, Budweiser, and EA Games fame) Dirty Halo is a realization of inspired electro-pop that is very much in the vein of their fellow Portland, Oregon contemporaries Everclear and The Dandy Warhols.
While their music is nothing like Nine Inch Nails and/or Moby, as a certain Portland area radio station has suggested, they are a commercial crossover act. They’ve got that harmless bubble gum sound that will certainly please Adult Contemporary and Top 40 stations who are now owned by the Clear Communications corporate conglomerate.
Having reviewed their previous work, their self-titled debut album released independently in 2003, I confess that Think Dirty Pt. 1 is a step above their previous work. Their sound is as spotless as their previous LP had been recorded but what has changed, and this is the really important part, is that Andrews Jenkins’ songwriting has taken on a more original and soulful air. His vocal delivery might borrow heavily on the crooning of David Bowie, T. Rex and Michael Damian, but it shines when he delivers the cautious tone of "Check It", the resignation and self-renewal of "Burn", and the hopeful and yet lovesick yearning of "Forever & a Day".
It is a testament to their artistic growth that their original songs are strong enough to match musical punch for punch with their cover of The Who’s classic song, "Baba O'Riley". The song is also where I have my one and only complaint about the Think Dirty Pt. 1.
As a bonus, Dirty Halo included a video of "Check It" that was conceived and directed by Andrews Jenkins and leans heavily on the feel of George Michael’s "Freedom" and Duran Duran era vids. It seems to be directed as homage or pastiche, rather, of 80's excess.
If you are nostalgic about 60s, 70s, and 80s pop, then Dirty Halo is the band for you.
Like Duran Duran, Everclear, and The Dandy Warhols