LAMPSHADES, THE: Are Alright: CD

Awkward thirteen-year-old girls would probably appreciate this.  The power pop/surf quartet from Pittsburgh reminds me of Teenage Fanclub and early Weezer, which are not surprisingly some of their influences. Dreamy Beach Boys riffs and vocal harmonization are charming but the ‘90s grungy guitars in “City Lights” and “I’m So Different” put more teeth and variation into the lads. 

 –Kristen K (Soapbar, www.myspace.com/soapbarrecords)