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The Beths

  • Future Me Hates Me [Carpark, 2018] ***
  • Jump Rope Gazers [Yellow Dog, 2020] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Future Me Hates Me [Carpark, 2018]
No matter how hooky your g-g-b-d pop, no matter how unchauvinistic your female-with-male-support setup, it gives the wrong impression to call your best song "You Wouldn't Like Me" ("You Wouldn't Like Me," "Happy Unhappy") ***

Jump Rope Gazers [Yellow Dog, 2020]
Inflecting her useful tunes, tender heart, and uncertain hopes for the future with a tart, sometimes breathy incipient twang, Elizabeth Stokes and her three male bandmates add a freshness to their all too durable New Zealand jangle-pop. Love and friendship are sometimes hard to distinguish in Stoke's musical world, so to keep things simple and for that matter durable let's hope she and the lead guitarist who's also her boyfriend have found a tie that binds for a while at least. B+