Gemma Garmeson – Stalking for Dummies - Review

Gemma Garmeson’s debut album “Stalking for Dummies” is the audio equivalent of a batch of adorable kittens...

Richard Dyer

Date published: 14th May 2009

Gemma Garmeson’s debut album “Stalking for Dummies” is the audio equivalent of a batch of adorable kittens. Topics are explored with the innocence and simplicity of a child, with the title track and “Skin” offering some quite dark yet inoffensive humour but she manages to maintain the cuteness at a steady level without inducing vomit, and the clumsy lyrics only add to the charm.
 
You would be forgiven for thinking this is a Kimya Dawson record, if it wasn’t for Garmeson’s easily identifiable English accent and vocabulary, along with references to Time Out and cups of tea and places in London. Stalking for Dummies isn’t exactly done as well as her American counterpart’s, though it is a brilliant effort and some tracks would fit in perfectly on the super twee Juno film soundtrack, which Dawson features on heavily.

 The melodies on this record will have you tapping your feet. Some songs will make you happy; some allow for gentle introspection; some are capable of sending you to sleep – in a good way, like safe in the perfect cuddle; and some will probably leave you smiling like a goon. Can I get a resounding “Aww”?
 
Review by Lizzie Warburton