By Brian M. Raftery
Updated April 21, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Chicago trio A-Set’s subdued, basement-jam approach may lack needed bombast, but Songs From the Red Room transcends its lo-fi aesthetics, thanks to these well-honed pop numbers. Up-tempo ditties such as ”Pick-A-Lie” — which chugs and chirps upon a staccato organ line — display a taste for ’60s fare, but it’s the effectively somber cuts (the hymn-like instrumental ”110[degrees]”) that earns A-Set a B