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Midnight Movies, ‘Lion the Girl’ (New Line)

With their second album, these Los Angeles malcontents come on with a dark dance-rock allure but never generate any big heat. Lion the Girl cycles through dirgelike, hallucinogenic guitar breaks and New Age synth-pep, forever constructing an eerie tension that never resolves. Husky alto Gena Olivier, an ably stoic successor to Siouxsie and Nico, casts a ghostly pallor on youthful innocence, fluttering beautifully on “Ribbons.” But the moody effects and oblique lyrical affectations quickly wear thin.

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