By Rob Brunner
Updated April 06, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Not many bands could make chilly lines like ”The English motorway system is beautiful and strange” sound mysterious and alluring, but Recorder’s beautiful, strange tunes do exactly that. Led by former Auteurs auteur Luke Haines and singer Sarah Nixey, Black Box Recorder brings its coolly distant new-wave pop to The Facts of Life, building on the rawer sound of their 1999 debut. Perfect driving music, be it on the English motorway system or elsewhere.