Love Buzz

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The Hummingbirds may sound like the name of a 1950s doo wop group, but actually, their specialty was a power-pop/alternative rock style that served them well on Love Buzz. This half-male, half-female jangly guitar outfit (whose influences ranged from the Byrds to Elvis Costello) didn't receive much attention, but it wasn't because of a lack of impressive material. Those who like jangly guitar music that's lively and energetic but consistently appealing melodically and harmonically would do well to check out songs like "Word Gets Around," "She Knows" and "Michelle as Well," all of which illustrate the excellence of this neglected band. Love Buzz is definitely worth trying to find.

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