Hurricane Lamps

Sing Me a Song

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Fusing the sound of the Who's early heyday with the attack of American independent pop outfits like the Mayflies USA, Superchunk, and the Velvet Crush, Washington, D.C.'s Hurricane Lamps deliver the goods on their fourth album, Sing Me a Song. Fronted by guitarist/vocalist Eric Tishler, the group's rich, upbeat approach has grown since 2001's coarser Tilting at Windmills, but still exhilarates on hook-injected tracks like the celebratory "For a Good Time..." and the smitten love song "A Home." Elsewhere, sugary guitar-jangling goodness like "All These Things" gets offset by the jagged college rock roar of "Judge You All Night," but the disc's finest moments come with the fast punk-pop blast of "Dive" and the rave-up "Turn Me On," which easily does what its title suggests. Some could argue that the Lamps are selling retreads as new tires here, but when Tischler announces "Hey, let's go for a ride" early into this magnificent set, fans of this style of rock should already be onboard.

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