Letters To Cleo: Go! (1997)
I knew them mostly through 1994's debut Aurora Gory Alice and its hit single "Here & Now," but on re-listen I kinda dug their third (and final proper) LP, 1997's Go! It finds a fun middle ground between edgier guitar-driven pop-punk and sweeter power pop, finding common ground with artists like Juliana Hatfield and That Dog. Sure, it's all very very nineties-sounding, but Hanley remains a magnetic centerpiece, sounding a little bitter on some of the lyrics but backed by compelling hooks. Opener "I Got Time" is energetic and far more skewed than standard indie power pop; the title track is rollicking and riveting; "Sparklegirl" perfectly matches bad-girl edge with bubblegum infectiousness; "I'm A Fool" is a lyrically pointed mid-tempo rocker.
Definitely worth rediscovering.
Audio rip of the title track:And a live "Sparklegirl":Here's "Anchor" from a 2017 reunion gig:
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