The title track to Transmission, Gay Dad's sophomore album, is a glorious piece of hyper-melodic rock nonsense.

The title track to Transmission, Gay Dad's sophomore album, is a glorious piece of hyper-melodic rock nonsense. After that opener, it's mostly downhill, similar to the band's only intermittently diverting but ultimately superior 1999 London Records debut, Leisure Noise. "Now Always and Forever" offers more of the glitter-pop propulsion that Gay Dad purveys at its best, but the clichéd, musically vacant "Nightclub," "Harder Faster," and "Promise of a Miracle" are also typical of the band. Any other songs that rise above the mediocre here are derivative in their appeal (tapping the Smashing Pumpkins' playbook, namely). Having now taken the indie route, Gay Dad will have to work a lot harder than this; a snappy name and a couple of catchy tunes won't likely get a British rock band far in the U.S.—BB

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