Better than the blinding wrap-around rainbow artwork would have you think. The Hoot Hoots play the kind of power pop that you can tell was intended for dancing from square one, and I feel like they don’t really hit their stride unless they’re playing off a crowd at… really anyone’s party, bat mitzvah, or birthday, or hip wedding reception; they’re that accessible. As far as the CD goes, I have to admit that the songs can start to drag after the fourth or fifth catchy hook; it all kind of blurs together until it just sounds like whatever band is opening for The Shins or Vampire Weekend. I’m not calling it bad, just calling it what it is.
–Indiana Laub (Self-released, [email protected], thehoothoots.com)