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Ima Robot, ‘Monument to the Masses’ (Virgin)

Like the twitchy new-wave bands on which they’re modeled, Los Angeles’ Ima Robot enthusiastically satisfy sugar cravings when they hang their prefab power chords and plastic synth hooks on spiffy melodies, like during their second album’s Oingo Boingo–esque opening and closing cuts (“Disconnect” and “Dangerous Life”). In between, the tunes get so thin that frontman Alex Ebert’s pinched Angloid yelping sometimes breaks down into very white rapping. These bleats need more than beats.

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