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The third full U.S.

The third full U.S. release for Japan girl group duo Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura obviously takes inspiration from late-period Beatles, as the cover art respectfully evokes John and Yoko's notorious bed-in for peace. But the charming set blasts off with "Planet Tokyo," the English version of Japanese hit "Red Swing" (also included here), which combines the guitar energy of the Ramones with a summer surf sound. Other tracks, like Buggles-meets-ELO "Tokyo Nights," mix Japanese and English. Credit ex-Jellyfish drummer Andy Sturmer's production, which on "Angel of Love" tempers lush Beatles harmonies with Burt Bacharach horns and imbues "Sayonara" with Byrds-like guitars.—JB