Singer/songwriter Noel Heroux provides a sense of craft and melodic appeal on Hooray for Earth's self-titled album. Hooray for Earth is a band that effectively mixes hard rock with pop hooks, just as Gary Benacquista's two instruments, guitar and keyboards, joust for dominance. When the guitar is in ascendance, so is the rock fervor ("How Are You Here" has a guitar solo that sounds like armed combat), while on more synthesizer-heavy tracks such as "Heartbeat" and the ballad "Magazines," a bit of '80s synth-pop enters the picture, and the effect is less Jesus and Mary Chain than Devo. But Hooray for Earth, on its first recordings, already has transcended its influences, not only because of its musical chops, but also because of Heroux's strong compositions, and sounds ready to emerge from the limited indie rock scene into wider exposure.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann