NIHILIST CHEERLEADER: Riot, Right?: CD

Given their great name, I had high expectations for this debut from Athens’ Nihilist Cheerleader. No disappointment here, but Nihilist Cheerleader is not what I expected; they’re so much more. They’re a lot, really. Pulling musical references in from across the board—‘80s-style aggressive pop to dancey punk and—yes, I’ll say it, riot grrrl—means even one song (I’m looking at you, “Drenched In”) can feel like two different songs in the span of less than five minutes. The relatively interesting time signatures of “You’re Ur Uniform” make it the standout track for me, but start from the beginning because you can’t lose. –Nicole X (Perfect Attendance, perfectattendancerecords.com)