Just in time for the dog days of summer, U.K.

Just in time for the dog days of summer, U.K. trio Aurora turns out one of the great pure-pop packages of the year, brimming with refreshingly unpretentious melodies that shine like prime-afternoon rays. Awash with one great hook after another, there's not a boner track to be found on this debut, which bops from the delicious uptempo single "Dreaming" to 2000's high-energy dance hit "Ordinary World" (of Duran Duran origin) and the haunting, melancholic "Your Mistake." Aurora is the brainchild of programmers/producers Simon Greenaway and Sacha Collisson, who took on able-bodied singer Lizzy Pattinson for most vocals. Don't miss a guest appearance from the incomparable Marcella Detroit of Shakespear's Sister on a fresh reading of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" and the original, mightily inspired "To Die For." Just wondrous. Dreaming is that rare full-length disc that remains fresh from start to finish; what an auspicious effort to mark dance label Groovilicious/Strictly Rhythm's first foray into the pop market. Those weary of rock and rap will find salvation.—CT