April 24, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Capture/Release

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
V2
genre
Rock
We gave it a B

Does America really need another neo-retro band of Brits — think Franz Ferdinand — who worship post-punk icons Wire and Gang of Four? Not really, but in the case of the Rakes, we’re willing to excuse their poor timing. Capture/Release is a lively, clever look into the dull days and drunk nights of London’s overeducated and underpaid. The brew of strangled guitars and piston-pumping drums feels a bit shopworn, but the quartet’s strong pop sensibility means that they might survive beyond this fading post-punk boomlet.

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