Who's Got Trouble?

Shivaree enjoyed a slam-dunk in 2004 with its mischievous, surf-drenched track "Goodnight Moon" on the "Kill Bill 2" soundtrack.

Shivaree enjoyed a slam-dunk in 2004 with its mischievous, surf-drenched track "Goodnight Moon" on the "Kill Bill 2" soundtrack. Cast in the same dark dye is this new disc's second track, "I Close My Eyes" — a swaggering rockabilly tease, for the remainder of the album will hardly raise your heartbeat. At a woozy pace, "Who's Got Trouble?" saunters through the usual Shivaree fare of pretty alt-country balladry and Gothic melodrama. In the vein of Rosie Flores and Edith Frost, Shivaree's girl-woman Ambrosia Parsley coos her way through sensual ballads and Southern waltzes. While the musicianship of the group is indisputable, Parsley's unusual, childish voice is stunted by pedestrian songwriting, with occasional lyrical litter. "Who's Got Trouble?" is troubled with its own preciousness.—KH