The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, 'Fruit' (Small Giants)

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by Josh Modell

Fans in high places -- Amy Winehouse and Steve Jobs, most notably -- haven't hurt this Danish band's crossover potential, but credit is due to what made those ears prick up in the first place, namely ebullient bedroom pop like "Around the Bend." The bubbly song (you've heard it in an iPod Touch ad) inhabits a weird intersection of Portishead, the Go! Team, and '60s Stax soul, and it's topped off by an endearingly squeaky voice you'll either love or loathe. If it's the latter, give a few tracks the chance to win you over -- pretty much every minute of Fruit offers sweet, sticky pleasure.

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