With Shivaree and its lead singer - a stunning woman by the name of Ambrosia Parsley - a point is always made that good looks in the music world don't just translate into pop, but in fact can even depress and haunt. This is all true up to a point.
However, on the group's second album, a desire to charm and flirt also seeps out of the walls of the dominance of the clanging guitars. These latter are still evident on "Rough Dreams," like in the track "Thundercats" - which could easily be mistaken for over-synthesized Garbage.
But, the rest of the time, the indie-cabaret trio mixes in everything they can lay their ears on, from jazzy cabaret on "I Don't Care" to strange twangs and bleeps over Parsley's sugary voice, a la Lamb, in "All Because You Told Me So," or even tango on "John 2:14." These elements balance the talented group's at times depressing style with some thoughtful seduction and pop splendor.