BOX ELDERS, THE: Alice and Friends: LP

This is one of the best records I have heard that puts into operation ‘50s pop sensibilities using overdriven vocals. “PalisadesPark”-style keyboards and jangly, reverbed-out guitars make the songs lighthearted and jumpy. “Jackie Wood” opens the album and is a highlight of the mid-tempo songs. “Isabella” and “Cougars” appear later in the album and shift the sound into the pace of Teenage Shutdown-style ‘60s punk. The album is great, but I feel like they would be fun to see in a basement, particularly if it has a low ceiling and there was a danger of hitting your head on the ceiling.

 –Billups Allen (Goner)