During a recent performance at the Mercury Lounge in New York, Sweden's Sounds displayed a feisty knack for delivering punk-splashed, synth-fueled pop music—the kind you can't help but dance to

During a recent performance at the Mercury Lounge in New York, Sweden's Sounds displayed a feisty knack for delivering punk-splashed, synth-fueled pop music—the kind you can't help but dance to. Throughout the quintet's driving set, lead singer Maja Ivarsson struck major poses—in the vocal and attitude departments—à la Debbie Harry, Kim Wilde, and Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons). This could explain why the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl is already a big fan. Now, along comes the Sounds' debut album, Living in America. A top five smash in the band's homeland, the album deftly captures the raw energy and party atmosphere of the act's live show. Tracks like "Hit Me," "7 Days a Week," "Hope You're Happy Now," and the title track are as infectious as they come. "Like a Lady" finds Ivarsson wailing, "We got a love so strong/Let the beat go on." And on and on it goes.—MP