Places (Saddle Creek)
Imagine The White Stripes raised on summer sunshine and vintage Beach Boys instead of Detroit rain and Delta blues, and you’ll get some idea of the genius of boy-girl duo Georgie James. This is pure, driven pop music with harmonies to die for, bags of charisma and more hooks than a meat-packing factory. With Laura Burhenn’s piano sitting perfectly next to John Davis’ guitar lines, there are echoes of Ben Folds or Tori Amos, but with wondrous, wide-eyed, naïve enthusiasm replacing any knowingness or cookiness. Honestly, pop music hasn’t sounded this fresh and uplifting since Abba. Buy this record, and improve your life immediately.