It's generally a bad sign when a band that defined a certain sound grows bored enough with it to move on. So while Bettie Serveert deserve a hug for trying to tweak their customary indie pop sweetness with eerie noirish triphop, you wonder why they chose to reinvent themselves with a style even Portishead isn't using. They still sound stuck in the 90s. Still, the unsettling yearning in Carol van Dijk's voice is perfectly suited to spy movie samples and looped synths, and Attagirl has some decent pop tunes. The title track is an evisceration of beauty industry superficiality that blends surfy guitars and neo-R&B structures with a Puttin' On The Ritz vibe that almost works, and van Dijk's straight-up cover of Bright Eyes' Lover I Don't Have To Love is raw, if not wholly necessary.
Bettie Serveert sweep into the Horseshoe tonight (Thursday, February 10).