Dorian Gray

Stellar

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Taking their name of one of Oscar Wilde's memorable characters in literature may sound a bit heavy-handed -- even though it actually makes sense in a weird way -- because this Chicago-based quartet continues to have an enduring popularity by sticking to formulaic bliss pop circa 1990, adding only a few gothic touches. Stellar is the second album from this Dorian Gray (there's also a Swedish band using the name). The most compelling thing about this album is the group's explosive choruses, lead by the strong but always melodic voice of Maria Miller. The guitars are pleasantly benign, in a Cocteau Twin-ish sort of way, adding nothing new to the mix. "Your Silent Movie" is an arresting opener, and the stratospheric closer, "Deafening Summer," will leave you asking for more.

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