By Steven Mirkin
Updated May 22, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

The surging power-pop melodies on this Swedish quintet’s debut (recalling Cheap Trick, Green Day, and Gary Numan) are consistently undercut by its inane, often secondhand lyrics. ”Write some stupid words,” is one example — advice the band would be wise to forget. More than style over substance, This Perfect Day embodies style without substance. C+