Track of the Day: 'Cherry Delicious'

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Past TracksIf you call your band Poor But Sexy, you can't do anything halfway; you've either got to have boatloads of charisma, or you've got to be so robotic and uncomfortable and milquetoast onstage that it's clear the name is a joke. I saw Poor But Sexy open for the Dismemberment Plan in January (the two bands share a guitarist, Jason Caddell), and I can attest that they're going with the former. PBS's set was one of the most visceral I'd seen in a while, a showcase of hooky funk songs that always had a little something extra scribbled in the margins--a call-and-response bit, or a moody, articulate bass line--to reward the careful listener.

"Cherry Delicious," from the band's album Let's Move in Together, runs in the same vein. Depending on how you like to take in your music, you can groove on the honeyed tones of frontman David Brown, or marvel at the strutting, polyphonic percussion, or shake your head in sympathy if you've ever had a lover as unavailable as the titular. ("Just try to get her to say your name / More than one syllable's not in her game.") Pop geeks may appreciate the way Brown sings the word "Adderall," dragging out the first syllable Jamie Foxx-style. But my favorite thing about this song might be the way it ends: an organ breakdown, a last iteration of the chorus, and then silence. Some songs overstay their welcome--this one leaves you wanting more, not unlike Cherry herself.



On iTunes: Poor But Sexy / "Cherry Delicious"

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Alex Eichler is a reporter at The Huffington Post and a former staff writer at The Atlantic Wire.

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