Editors’ Notes Poughkeepsie, NY’s Robbers on High Street offer sonically-enhanced power pop that boomerangs from the speakers in a mesh of pumping pianos, tight, stuttering guitars and harmonies that swoon down the middle. Elements of plucky Ben Folds Five piano pop, bargain-basement new wave rhythms, and touches of elaborate orchestration color these sassy tunes that seem aimed down Tin Pan Alley. “Across Your Knee,” the opening cut from their second album, 2007’s Grand Animals, offers a full-on exposition of their every ambition, while the John Lennon-echo commandeering “The Fatalist” skewers the group towards a ’70s-‘80s anglo-pop that manifests even deeper with the glitzy David Bowie inspired funk of “Married Young.” Their Kinks admiration informs the showbiz shuffle and British vocal inflections of “Crown Victoria” and “Guard At Your Heel.” “The Ramp” channels Paul McCartney at the piano. This is a group capable of churning out and juxtaposing styles at will. Headphone listening reveals psychedelic mellotron textures underneath the frenetic guitars. Quite a mix and match of pop music history going on.

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Across Your Knee
1
3:47
 
The Fatalist
2
3:41
 
Crown Victoria
3
3:30
 
The Ramp
4
3:10
 
Kick 'em In the Shins
5
5:12
 
Nasty Numbers
6
3:44
 
Married Young
7
3:21
 
Your Phantom Walks the Hall
8
4:03
 
You Don't Stand a Chance
9
3:21
 
Guard At Your Heel
10
3:14
 
Keys to the Century
11
3:56
 

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