The major-label debut from Miami alternative pop-rock band Volumen Cero arrives after years of toiling in the city's remarkably unreceptive local music scene.

The major-label debut from Miami alternative pop-rock band Volumen Cero arrives after years of toiling in the city's remarkably unreceptive local music scene. That Volumen Cero has made its bones (so to speak) the old-fashioned way—by playing, playing, playing—is apparent in the group's cohesive sound, a blend of crunchy guitars and fine melodies that yield good ol' rock'n'roll with no Latin fusion pretensions. Rather than branch out in experimental wooziness, Volumen Cero sticks to the basics and comes out winning with a collection of hard-hitting, well-crafted—yet very middle-of-the-road—songs, replete with catchy, poppy hooks. Particularly strong tracks include "Dime"—with the plaintive chorus off-setting the relentless guitar work—and the more boisterous "Ginger Ale." These are better rounded-off tracks than the single, "Hollywood," whose promising storyline lyrics eventually lead nowhere.—LC