I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I was disappointed with the Clorox Girls’ last record, J´aime Les Filles. I’m totally fine with punk bands discovering pop, but when it’s a complete divorce from their previous efforts into a lighter pair of loafers, it makes me feel like a musical orphan. Love Boat, like Thee Makeout Party and Mojomatics—although they don’t sound too much alike on the surface—take that jangly, gutsy pop that’s a cross between the Beach Boys and the Beatles and jump into this quickly aging millennium, never forgetting the importance of keeping the contemporary crunch and tackle in their songs. Imaginary Beatings of Love is bright, crisp, and very listenable.
–todd (Alien Snatch, www.aliensnatch.com)