February 23, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it an A

You wouldn’t expect songs like ”The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism” and ”Execution Day” to inspire air guitar rapture, but this Canadian collective (headed by Destroyer’s Dan Bejar and Zumpano’s Carl Newman) gives you reason to lose your composure. An insanely contagious concoction of new wave, Cheap Trick, and garage-glam pandemonium, Romantic is a perfect pop album. Neko Case fans take note: The alt-country vixen lends twang-free lead vocals to a few choice cuts. A

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