Jennifer and Michael Seman, the consummate Denton couple, both in life and creativity, have finally forced their emotionally compelling mélange of rock, jazz and guttural noise to find a home on a full-length album. After CD-Rs, 7-inches and other snippet releases—as well as live shows that hypnotize audiences with both raw sexuality and sweet tenderness—Shiny Around the Edges has found a way to channel all its ghosts, energy and talent into a collection that truly showcases what everyone in Denton has buzzed about for so long.
On "Come Closer," Jennifer pulls out her best PJ Harvey/Patti Smith snarl for a harsh but inviting rocker that rivals her angelic love-mourning of another of the album's cuts, "Glory Glory." And this dichotomy continues in theme, feel and even volume throughout the album.
But Jennifer's not alone in running the gamut: Michael offers a bit of grounding with his simple but strong singing on "Avoidance Theory" (and other tracks too) before he explodes on guitar into a heap of affected notes and noise.
Shiny Around The Edges
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Meanwhile, those who've seen Shiny perform live will be pleased that "This Apocalypse" made it on the album, with its call-and-response vocals, bluesy riffs and almost tribal drum beat. Even better news: With Holy Roller, Shiny has outshined its past releases and come damn close to capturing the vibe the outfit has onstage. In fact, if Holy Roller doesn't make you a believer, I don't know what will.