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Jucifer
WAR BIRD EP
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Although Jucifer are a DIY guitar-and-drum duo from Athens, their sound is so heavy and full of contrasts that itís hard to believe additional members arenít lurking somewhere in the mix. Maybe thatís because singer/guitarist Amber Valentine can sound like both a young girl singing to her stuffed animals and a gritty death-metal screamer. Or because her thick-as-tar guitar riffs ooze over drummer Edgar Livengoodís hard-rock- and hip-hop-influenced beats with enough authority to suggest a headbangersí ball worth of musicians. On this their fourth release, Jucifer have tamed their musical multi-personality disorder. They favor a muddy hard-rock sound, with Valentineís elegant vocals winding over a thick, stately riff on the sludge rockers "Ides of Light" and "Day Breaks on the Field of Battle." But their unpredictable taste for the eclectic brightens the mood on "Haute Couture," thanks to a stuttering beat and Valentineís arch French-sounding vocals, and on the menacing alterna-country ballad "My Stars."

BY SARAH TOMLINSON


Issue Date: May 7 - 13, 2004
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