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Calla | Televised
First of all, it's too hard to resist pointing out just how much the B-side Don't Hold Your Breath sounds like the Slowdive song Here She Comes. Almost to the note. And how, in that same song, singer Aurelio Valle sounds just like Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst. Weird, but a fantastic mix and much better than the lead track. It's a challenge to cover a Bob Dylan song well, especially if it's I Shall Be Released, of which Nina Simone has already recorded the most powerful version that can never be beat. But Calla handle it well as an extra B-side, reworking the song entirely and puncturing it with delicate pauses and beautifully spun out guitar that threads between the vocals with fluid ease.

Mia Clarke
June-July 2003

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