Trouble Doll

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Now here's a good band to watch out for: Pinwheel. Full of catchy vocal and guitar performances, upbeat melodies, and the essence of Britain's underground rock scene, with a modern rock appeal, the California-based quartet's debut, Trouble Doll, effortlessly charms the pants off of listeners. The infectious album opener "Superball," with its "bah-bah-bah-bah baahhs," instantly imprints itself on the brain. It is refreshingly not over the top -- like the rest of the disc -- and easily likeable. More winning fare is found on "Anyway" and "Just Like Me." Both have the same dweeb-like appeal and crafty dynamics found on Wheatus' "Teenage Dirtbag," only these songs are not as heavy. Bouncy guitars and earnest vocals make "Anyway" and "Just Like Me" a shoo-in for the soundtrack of any teen romantic comedy. Pinwheel's winning blend of underground English rock with contemporary U.S. modern rock positions the band a wee bit off the beaten path -- and this is a good place to be.

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