By Will Hermes
Updated June 05, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Always one of indie-rock’s more tuneful outfits, Versus sound like Sonic Youth if the latter leveraged pop heartache over guitar abstractions. Two Cents Plus Tax delivers both in a wistful song suite about post-cold war blues, romantic betrayal, and love so raw it makes you dizzy. Plus, on ”Atomic Kid,” you get what may be the catchiest reprise to feature the word ”armageddon” ever recorded. A-

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