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Jerra

Jerra: Play Like a GirlPlay Like a Girl (2005)
Sugar Hooker

Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
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Jerra's androgynous, or perhaps even post-op appearance, coupled with the ambiguous album title Play Like a Girl seem like a mere gimmick. Still, I figured I find out just what Jerra and "her" backing band could manage before I determined whether their shtick was merely shtick. With the exception.
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Jerra's androgynous, or perhaps even post-op appearance, coupled with the ambiguous album title Play Like a Girl seem like a mere gimmick. Still, I figured I find out just what Jerra and "her" backing band could manage before I determined whether their shtick was merely shtick.

With the exception of two songs ("Doris Day," with its Cars-like tone and "Not There" with its sugary pop), Play Like a Girl sounds like songs recorded during the mid-`90s alternative rock explosion, plus keyboard. What you get is a batch of tunes that sound like Veruca Salt if they added synth, and no, that is not a good thing. The songs are familiar and predictable, unmoving and stale. Even Jerra's lyrics can't save the songs. Here's a quick taste:

  • School is cool, when it's near the mall / Learning, 'If I could I would buy it all'
  • A glorious, marvelous, isn't it so fabulous / Ultra-grab-a-dabulous day
  • You play me like you're playing poker
  • I'm a sugar hooker / Hooked on sugar
What would you conclude from this lyrical fodder and rehashed sound? That's right, Jerra's shtick is merely shtick, a gimmick used to draw attention to a band that otherwise won't be gaining much.

 


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Anonymous (January 2, 2006)

I love Jerra!

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

I listened to a bunch of tracks online and went to the website and found this band to be pretty interesting. I think they're really good despite the review. I agree that it's good. I'm going to buy it.

Anonymous (December 19, 2005)

I love this album. Fuck you. It's honest and raw and there's a lot of content. She's out there playing her ass off, and you call her "post op" because she's not a hag.

Anonymous (December 17, 2005)

Doesn't this shit sort of degrade women in a way? I mean all the happy-go-lucky shit seems to take away the edge, yknow? I'd like to see Amy Lawless from Voetsek tear this band into a million pieces.

Anonymous (December 11, 2005)

Sounds like a band that would have fit in on the Empire Records and Clueless soundtracks.

Anonymous (December 11, 2005)

That shit just sounds bad. I'll make sure to not listen to it. Yuck.

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