New Zealand pop-rockers Garageland come out swinging and stinging with its third full-length release.

New Zealand pop-rockers Garageland come out swinging and stinging with its third full-length release. Simultaneously commercial and artistically legit, Scorpio Righting finds singer/songwriter Jeremy Eade in fine form. Eade knows how to nail down a sing-along number, from the jangly opener "Life Is So Sweet" with its "sha-la-la" bits to the catchy-quirky "Been Around" ("So I burnt my heart down for the insurance/ But I can't get the petrol off my shirt") to the "bandstand" beat and utilitarian harmonies of "Gone." And for a touch of the harder stuff, love the punky "Get Some" or the uptempo funpack "Crazy" ("I'm going crazy, you should come too"). The act also gets the slow stuff right on such cuts as the acoustic "Superstars" and the strings-augmented (and totally irresistible) "Carry Me South." Garageland knows how to collar-drag its '60s sensibilities into the new millenium and deliver the group fresh to your stereo.—AZ

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