Cordalene

Cordalene

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Throw XTC's first album, the Jam's first album, Gang of Four's first two albums, and maybe one or two Weezer singles into a blender, and you'd end up with something that sounds kind of like this bracing blast of jagged rock & roll from the Philadelphia-based Cordalene. It's tempting to call it some kind of pop-punk, but there's not enough posing or body piercing going on; you could call it power pop, but the sound doesn't have enough of a surface sheen. What you can definitely call Cordalene's second EP, just like their previous one, is "too short." And yes, that's a criticism; time to buckle down and come up with a full-length, guys. In the meantime, you'll find yourself hitting the replay button at the ends of "Back Where I Began" and "Ghost," and wincing and giggling over the terrible vocal harmonies on their version of Burt Bacharach's "My Little Red Book," a hidden fifth track at the end of the E.P.