14 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hoodoo Gurus’ barnstorming debut album updates sunny ’60s pop for the ’80s. It also veers into screaming primitivism and chugging power pop, with Dave Faulkner brandishing a Kinksy snide quality. Such mood swings are key: The South Pacific-set “Leilani” and the creature-feature menace of “Dig It Up” both play up the band’s kitschy side, but “My Girl” goes the opposite way with its sweetly chiming heartache. These songs make a point of flexing their outsized range without sacrificing the band’s inherent cheekiness.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hoodoo Gurus’ barnstorming debut album updates sunny ’60s pop for the ’80s. It also veers into screaming primitivism and chugging power pop, with Dave Faulkner brandishing a Kinksy snide quality. Such mood swings are key: The South Pacific-set “Leilani” and the creature-feature menace of “Dig It Up” both play up the band’s kitschy side, but “My Girl” goes the opposite way with its sweetly chiming heartache. These songs make a point of flexing their outsized range without sacrificing the band’s inherent cheekiness.

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