The Wondermints


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Long unavailable in America, the record that snagged a support slot for Brian Wilson's 1999 solo tour features a parade of classic '60s pop influences, from the Left Banke ("Hypnolove") to the Zombies ("Sting O 'Luv") to late-period Beatles ("In and Around Greg Lake") and, of course, the Beach Boys ("Spoke of a Wheel Whirled"). The songwriting could be a bit stronger, and the vintage production tricks don't always come off, but overall Bali is an excellent album that ably reaches out to fans of classic rock and power pop as well as the mid-'90s offerings by the Elephant 6 indie collective.

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