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Charting the music: Middle Class Fashion, 'Girl Talk'

Charting the music: Middle Class Fashion, 'Girl Talk' Ben Mudd
Written by Laurel Morris
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St. Louis locals Middle Class Fashion deliver upbeat, piano-driven pop with their first full-length album, "Girl Talk."

Middle Class Fashion's three members are no newcomers to the local music scene.  Singers Brad Vaughn and Jenn Malzone of Paper Dolls founded the group, while Brian McClelland became the duo's drummer later, after playing with Malzone in Tight Pants Syndrome. With Middle Class Fashion, the musicians have stripped down their sound and put the focus on their vocal harmonies, while still maintaining the fun, lighthearted feel of their other work.

"Girl Talk" as a whole has a theatrical quality both in its lyrics and composition.  The tracks have a narrative tone to them, with songs like "Jamie" and "Vacation" coming on like playful musical rants on love and friendship that fit well with the album's title. The dramatic feel of the lyrics are echoed by the piano, which constantly builds in intensity before suddenly backing off and conveys a sense of urgency with repeating chords. The title track combines more piano with punctuated bass drum and cymbal crashes for a rock-inspired feel that gives variety and character to a fun and engaging album.

On the KDHX Charts: #3 on CMJ for January 10, 2012.

This album can be heard on: Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst, Mystery Train and the Mixtape.

"Jamie" - Middle Class Fashion

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