By Natasha Stovall
Updated September 03, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Under the eagle eyes of knob twiddlers Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf (Beck, Foo Fighters), the original L.A. grunge goddesses take a different exit on their sixth outing, Slap Happy. For those addicted to the ultra-macha-punk throb of L7 watersheds, the neo-Go-Go’s vibe of tracks like ”Livin’ Large” and ”Little One” may be disappointing. Fear not. The harmonious pop sweetness that L7 pump through their buzzing amps has a super-catchy, Joan Jett-meets-the-Breeders feel that zestfully floors the accelerator.