Stricken City, 'Songs About People I Know' (The Kora)

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by Jessica Hopper

Artful Brit disco has offered up plenty of brooding boy singers to moon over, and now this London-based quartet gives us a captivating frontwoman (and fashion school dropout) Rebekah Raa. Stricken City's debut swings moodily from tough, angular clang to tender, introspective melodies -- the organ and stuttering woodblock beat of "Pull the House Down" are more likely to inspire fierce '80s club posing than an actual trip to the club. Singing breathlessly of boys and boredom, Raa plays the charismatically pouty bedroom diva, asking, "Whatever happened to old-fashioned romance and dancin' and singin'?"

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