Living Thing

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March 25, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

The trio best known for 2006’s ubiquitous anthem ”Young Folks” remains shamelessly earnest adorable. It may rot your teeth, but it’s an aesthetic they embrace without irony: Though the title track jacks its chorus from ELO’s 1976 symphonic-cheese classic ”Livin’ Thing,” the music is pure featherweight, percussion-driven synth-pop. That shtick eventually wears thin on Living Thing, but on the stomping, squiggly ”Nothing to Worry About,” it kills. B

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