Call Florence Pow's debut album, These Are the Plans, captures the duo's irreverent and eclectic style, which fuses everything from Zappa-esque experimentation to Ween-like parodies to straight-up, new-wave-inflected pop. "Speed G Tappin' Master" skewers speed-metal guitarist wannabes with clever lyrics, cheesy synths, and, of course, the requisite lightning-speed guitar tapping, while the bouncy, self-referential "57.5 Bars" is reminiscent of They Might Be Giants' nerdy-cool pop. Though the group's influences are sometimes a little too apparent, that doesn't diminish the fun of gleefully bent songs like "Periodic Table" and "3 & 4 Part Tones," or prevent These Are the Plans from being an exuberant, entertaining first effort.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares