Earth vs. The Pipettes - Fortuna Pop!/Redeye
FILTER Grade: 60%
By Erin Hall on January 6, 2011
Originally crafted as an experiment in reviving the Phil Spector “girl group” sound, The Pipettes slid onto the scene in 2006, all polka-dot dresses and sideways glances. Spunky and oozing playful energy, their poppy tunes were instantly likeable. In the last few years, however, the group’s revolving door of members has reduced their number to just two: sisters Gwenno and Ani Saunders (neither of whom were original members, although Gwenno was involved in the making of their debut album). The result, unfortunately, is a huge letdown. Earth vs. The Pipettes—a bizarre, synth-filled sci-fi trip—has none of the punch of the group’s first outing. In place of the sassy, empowered lyrics of We Are The Pipettes, we get cloying, clingy tales of pining sung over redundant disco beats. This isn’t a case of a band branching into a new sound as much as becoming a new band altogether. And this one just doesn’t make the cut.