There are few things older and more overdone than the girl group, but on their debut album, the Pipettes are bringing it back with style.
There are few things older and more overdone than the girl group, but on their debut album, the Pipettes are bringing it back with style. Like fellow Brit-rockers Art Brut, the Pipettes are young and cheeky with a knack for great hooks. "We Are the Pipettes" finds the female trio and their anonymous male backing band charging through 14 tracks of perfectly executed pop that nod as easily to Belle & Sebastian as they do to Phil Spector. Every song is laced with harmonies that will weave their way deep under your skin, from the jaunty kiss-off of "Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me" to the single "Pull Shapes," which finds the ladies invading the dance floor. "ABC" bemoans the difficulties of a nerdy boyfriend, while "Sex" offers a sad-hearted narrative lifted by a buoyant chorus. This is a pop record with something for everyone, but if that's not enough, there's always the matching polka dot dresses. -- David Greenwald