Yes, here comes another "it" band banging out post-punk garage.

Yes, here comes another "it" band banging out post-punk garage. Fortunately, the Datsuns don't deserve any groans for this, because they deliver some brash, fun material on their North American major-label debut. Perfectly bratty on every subject they tackle—dating is all about "building me up/so you can mess around," for example—the Datsuns live up to any hype that comes with their name. After becoming darlings in the U.K., the New Zealand band was signed by V2 last fall with the hope that it would complement the label's earlier signing of the White Stripes. Granted, the Datsuns are going to have to stretch their creative muscles to match the wit of the White Stripes, as too many of the Datsuns' songs are laments on love gone wrong. Still, with the roaring guitars and raucous attitude blaring from The Datsuns, it is tough not to crack a smile.—SA