Twenty Cent Crush

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Initially entering the power-pop world's consciousness by sharing an album with the Rooks, the L.A.-based Twenty Cent Crush have become one of the more overlooked yet excellent bands on the power-pop scene. Their smooth blend of Californian pop and sturdy riffage has backbone, but with a very sensitive, personal feel attached to it. While they have yet to release a formal debut album, this six-song EP is a fine example of what this band is capable of. The leadoff track, "Pendulum Swing" is an uptempo track with tons of harmonizing and complicated melodies, and "Goodbye" is a moving, affected ballad. The lack of simplicity is part of what makes this release so enjoyable; on every repeated listen, new harmonies and instruments climb out from the background to be noticed, only making the disc more and more enjoyable.