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Ear Candy: The Best of Pink Hedgehog Records, Vol. 2

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Ear Candy: The Best of Pink Hedgehog Records, Vol. 2 further illustrates the British label's devotion to guitar-driven power pop and related styles, featuring 16 tracks from 16 different bands. Those bands include the Big Standeasy, reminiscent of Southern jangle pop acts like R.E.M. and Let's Active; the shambling, Big Star-esque Cheese; the modern-day Britpop of Vivid; the odd, collegiate Ramblin' Pitchforks, somewhat beholden to David Lowery's Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker projects; the baroque, Zombies-influenced Garfield's Birthday; and the Halifax-scene-sounding Happyhead, among others.

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