The K.G.B.

The K.G.B.

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It is obvious that the K.G.B. has infiltrated many contrasting musical styles in the short lives of its members -- the oldest spy was barely drinking age when this eponymous disc came out in 2001 -- as the debut puts prominent vintage-sounding horns atop a geek pop ethos. Impeccable production doesn't quite offset a lack of truly memorable material, however, and much of the record sounds like either Sublime if you removed most of the ska and turned them into a boy band, or Cake if you removed the talent and quirkiness. Not helping K.G.B.'s cause are the juvenile lyrics that only serve to further prove the band's youth. The best songs here, lead track "Fortune & Fame" and the riff-intensive "Space Cadet," appeared on the preceding Space Cadet EP.

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