Following its promising 2002 Sub Pop debut, "Make Up the Breakdown," Hot Hot Heat has graduated to the majors with its integrity intact.

Following its promising 2002 Sub Pop debut, "Make Up the Breakdown," Hot Hot Heat has graduated to the majors with its integrity intact. It isn't like the band had a ton of indie cred before—just a knack for crafting catchy retro songs like top 20 modern rock hit "Bandages." "Elevator" continues that trend, mixing the band's '80s influences with clever lyrics that lift it above the "garage band" tag it was initially saddled with. Mostly fun and upbeat, "Elevator" features 15 tracks in slightly more than 37 minutes, with many songs (including lead single "Goodnight Goodnight") clocking in at roughly two minutes. Song titles like "You Owe Me an IOU" and lyrics like "Maybe I'm a little slow or just consistently inconsistent" show off Hot Hot Heat's wit, while "Middle of Nowhere," "Jingle Jangle" and the title track showcase the band's melody. Fans of retro rock and power pop should take "Elevator" for a ride.—BT