What a difference two years make. On Trio B.C., the bandâ€™s sophomore record, San Antonioâ€™s Girl in a Coma has matured greatly, both musically and lyrically. Itâ€™s not that their debut was bad, just very clear that the band grew up listening to The Smiths and not a whole lot else.
On their second effort, the band draws from a far more diverse collection of musical idols â€“ everyone from Ted Leo to The Breeders, though itâ€™s clear the still throw on some Smiths every now and then. Front woman Nina Diazâ€™s voice is impressively powerful on rockers like â€œIn the Dayâ€ and â€œVino.â€ The sound is a little crisper and cleaner on Trio B.C. and the melodies are much stronger. The LP is about one or two songs too many (â€œPink Lemonadeâ€ and â€œEmpty Promise,â€ two of the slower tracks, just donâ€™t seem to fit in with the rest of the songs on the record), but still a fantastic effort and a step in the right direction.
Top tracks: â€œIn the Day,â€ â€œStatic Mind,â€ â€œVinoâ€ and â€œEl Monteâ€
Ratings: 8.2 out of 10
Girl in a Coma â€“ Trio B.C./CD/2009/13 tracks/Blackheart Records/ www.girlinacoma.com