By Kristina Feliciano
September 12, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

The New Romance

This Seattle quintet’s vibrant second LP is hard to resist. It’s all angular guitar riffs and drumbeats that pop, with electroclash keyboards making the occasional cameo. Singer Andrea Zollo has the wail power of Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker and Siouxsie Sioux’s contained way of delivering jagged cadences. The lyrics are mostly about loneliness, misery, and, yes, romance, but the bracing music discourages self-pity. You would have been dancing to these songs at some dank club in the late ’80s — and you’ll want to dance to them now.

The New Romance

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