Thursday, April 7, 2011


Song: "Taint in the Cards"
Artist: Boo Trundle
Search Term: "Trundle"

As this song begins, with Boo Trundle intoning an overanalytical description of romantic ambivalence while plucking her acoustic guitar, it sounds like it's going to be the sort of forgettable mid-'90s singer-songwriter pap that would accompany a shot of Claire Danes lolling moonily on her bed on My So-Called Life. Things take a turn for the tuneless and obnoxious, though, when the backing band kicks in and Trundle decides to up her volume to make sure we know how hard she means whatever she means. After the first chorus--in which she starts howling some drawn-out, chewed-up word, Alanis Morissette-style ("Dra-hee-yaa-hee-yaa-hee-yaa," etc.)--I literally cringed the next time I knew the chorus was imminent. So as a behavioral conditioning exercise, "Taint in the Cards" would have Pavlov salivating... with envy.

As a song, it's godawful.

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