The Postelles, 'The Postelles' (Capitol/Astralwerks)

The Postelles
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Label: Capitol/Astralwerks

by Colin Fleming

Having a Stroke on board--producer Albert Hammond Jr.--translates to more than cool by association for this youthful quartet, whose debut settles somewhere between Manfred Mann and Stax soul. "Can't Stand Still" represents their '60s Britpop side, with its acutely enunciated vocals and spiffed-up guitars. (These New Yorkers are rarely less than clean-cut--"Stella," a "Last Nite"-ish shuffle, even quotes "Hush, Little Baby.") But more stompers like "White Night" and "123 Stop," bubblegum throwbacks with a Wilson Pickett kick, would be welcome.

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