Having a singular vision is difficult, especially when its so singular that listeners dont get it.
Ponytails Do Whatever You Want All The Time follows its title a little too closely, featuring eccentric tunes that lost me.
While the dual guitar work here is impressive and occasionally interesting, it often takes a backseat to the yowling of lead singer Molly Siegel. She doesnt sing melodies in the normal sense; she explodes with vocal emanations that fit into Ponytails complex, joyful tracks. Unfortunately, her whoa and whaaa? noises get so distracting that they nearly sink the whole ship.
The songwriting is solid, but it lacks the power of Fang Island, the intricacy of All Tiny Creatures and Delicate Steves innate sense of melody. The album has some very nice guitar work in it (Easy Peasy, Tush), but even the highlights dont have the oomph necessary to get into the brain for long-term listening. Ponytail have been at this a while; theyre no amateurs. I just wasnt enthused.
It is very clear that Ponytail is taking its title literally; this disc is cohesive, constructed with a particular idea in mind. I just dont find that singular vision as interesting as other (wonder)visions similar to it. Stephen Carradini