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Girl in a Coma
Adventures in Coverland Vols. I, II and III
Blackheart Records
7" E.P.s

This Texas-based all-girl trio is known primarily for their buzzing garage rock and for their penchant for waxing melodramatic in a style patterned after the music of the Smiths and Morrissey. Morrissey in fact loves the band; he's had them on the road as his opening act and he's tickled that the ladies took their name from his song "Girlfriend in a Coma." But singer Nina Diaz has a very expressive voice that's suited to a lot of different pop genres and this series of cover songs, presented on three E.P.s, affords Girl in a Coma a chance to show their depth. The most stunning of the songs on Adventures in Coverland come when Diaz sings something you wouldn't expect from Girl in a Coma, like on Vol. I where her voice sounds extremely powerful as she wails in Spanish on Selena's "Si Una Vez" or when she takes on the sultry country-strut of Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" on Vol. III. Elsewhere the girls morph David Bowie's "As the World Falls Down" into a 60's-style girl-group number and turn in a hypnotic cover of Joy Division's "Transmission." Other songs on the E.P.s are the Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale," Richie Valens' "Come On, Let's Go" and George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." The three discs come in picture sleeves that fit together to form the playing area of a board game based on a Girl in a Coma tour route.