RIPE, THE: Into Your Ears: CD

It’d be easy to just write these kids off for wearing their influences on their sleeves—things start off on a sixties fuzz vibe, then stretch out to include some unabashed Love worship, appropriated snatches of Abba choruses and whispers of Undertones anthems, bits of Beatles ‘n’ Monkees, power pop, Creedence riffing and spaghetti-western tinged indie rock mix-n-matched in gleeful abandon—but the resulting tunes somehow work so well on their own terms that they manage to make all the wanton plundering irrelevant. The vibe is fairly laid back throughout. They sound like they buy wholly into what they’re doing, and they do it all quite well.

 –jimmy (Get Hip)