Tiny Masters of Today, 'Skeletons' (Mute)

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Skeletons
Critical Mass
Label: mute

by Erik Myers

Biological maturation has yet to provide guitarist Ivan and bassist Ada (ages 15 and 13, respectively) with vocals that don't incur Kidz Bop comparisons, but there's a compelling difference: When these young'uns sing, they ain't smiling. On the follow-up to 2007's Bang Bang Boom Cake, the Brooklyn siblings forgo that album's rock star cameos (Karen O, Gibby Haynes, Fred Schneider) and funnel their adolescent aggravations into nippy punk rousers, where closet monsters and rich kids alike get served a scuzzy skewering.

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