The Lollies

Bang! Bang! Bang! Lookout, Lookout, Lookout!

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Candy-colored (literally), giddy fun, the Lollies' first official recording is a five-song treat, cracking its pop bubblegum with the best of them while sliding through all sorts of zingers along the way. The especial joy is that St. Claire's witty lyrics never get in the way of the sheer bounciness of the songs. St. Claire herself knows her way around the right kind of cool vocal sass for the proceedings, as does Mountain -- the two make a perfect combination, while the music tackles everything from reverb-heavy tearjerker drama to punked-out rave-ups and back again. "(Be My) Bad Boyfriend" wears its debt to the Creation's "Painter Man" on its sleeve and is none the worse for it, while "Boycrush Pusher" is a scream, a musical mash note aimed directly at none other than Peter Holmstrom of the Dandy Warhols. An unlisted bonus track ups the entertainment ante even more -- turning the tables on Travis' revamp of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time," the Lollies tackle that group's "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" Hearing the Radiohead-light MOR of the original turned into giddy winsomeness is well worth the price of admission.

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