Marc Weingarten
June 13, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Let Go of Your Bad Days

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Drive-In Records

We gave it an A-

Let’s give a cheer for Canadian pop! No, not Celine Dion, but the SALTEENS, a winsome foursome that daydreams on cotton-candy clouds and makes some refined sugar of its own. The band’s second album, LET GO OF YOUR BAD DAYS (Drive-In Records), exists in a universe stripped of snarky cynicism and ruled by the benevolent love vibes of Brian Wilson and cult ’60s producer Curt Boettcher (the Association). Vocalists Scott Walker (not the vet British warbler) and Megan Bradfield sound like sweet, hormone-deprived teens, but their postgrad lyrics (”It’s the last thing that we should do/To be cordoned off over you”) lift the Salteens’ twinkly pop above the usual twee-dium. The album slides from the flouncy (”You Stood Out From the Crowd”) to the benignly bitchy (”Damn You”) and ends with a plaintive orchestral plea to let the sunshine in (”Home Again”) that would do Karen Carpenter proud.

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