Suckers, 'Wild Smile' (Frenchkiss)

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Wild Smile
Critical Mass
Label: Frenchkiss

by Jason Gross

Animal Collective's layers of echoes give you a migraine? Try the foamy debut by this mask-clad Brooklyn quartet, who ground AC's sound, emphasizing the pretty flourishes and gentle, breathy chorales. Effervescent tunes like "You Can Keep Me Runnin' Around" and "It Gets Your Body Movin'" mine mid-'60s studio pop/psych obsessions -- booming slo-mo drums, charming theatrics, and whistling, lilting hooks. At its best, Suckers' baroque pop struts confidently in glam platforms, blithely eager to please.

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