March 7, 2006

Alternative Pop/Rock

This throbbing gem is a highlight in an already top-shelf discography, the closest to full-on glam that the electronic duo have managed to date. As Alison Goldfrapp drapes her painfully sexy vocals atop Will Gregory's pulsing production, the best of the pair's dance-loving sides shines on neon earworms like "Ooh La La" and "Ride a White Horse." Beyond the singles, check out deep cuts "Slide In" and "Satin Chic."

- Neil Z. Yeung

The Shangri-Las

Myrmidons of Melodrama [RPM 136]


Brill Building Pop

Longtime oldies radio staples with songs like "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" and "Leader of the Pack," The Shangri-Las also released a healthy selection of lesser-known teenage symphonies to God that should not be missed. Highlights include the charming and bittersweet "Train from Kansas City" which was covered by Neko Case and the surprisingly soulful "I'm Blue" (originally recorded by The Ikettes).

- Zac Johnson