ALL NATURAL LEMON & LIME FLAVORS: Straight Blue Line: CD

The “Loveless” -era My Bloody Valentine influence is painfully obvious, yet this stands pretty well on its own. While not a sonically overwhelming or as densely lush as “Loveless,” this group manages to effectively channel MBV’s poppiness and wobbly, hypnotic repetitiveness through a sound not unlike Os Mutantes’ psychedelic bossa nova experiments and come out sounding less like a rip off than extension of an idea. Shoegazers all over the world can rejoice. With this release, the total number of bands playing that style that are worth a piss has now been upped to five.

 –jimmy (Gern Blandsten, PO Box 356, River Edge, NJ 07661)