Frontier

A departure from the loungey vibe of the group's first disc, At the Risk of Sounding Pretentious, a pared-down Lifestyle (from 12 to four members) offers Frontier, a hook-laden collection of pure synt

A departure from the loungey vibe of the group's first disc, At the Risk of Sounding Pretentious, a pared-down Lifestyle (from 12 to four members) offers Frontier, a hook-laden collection of pure synth-pop. For an idea of what it sounds like, picture Morrissey on Prozac fronting A-ha. If reunions from both New Order and Roxy Music have yet to prove that another revival of '80s nostalgia is under way, Lifestyle's Frontier is further evidence. Even the album's cover looks like an outtake from the movie Tron. Lifestyle has frivolous fun with such songs as "I'd Really Like to Make out With You" and "It Doesn't Mean That I Don't Love You if I Forget to Call You Back"—and lyrics like "At least then I'd return your e-mails." With enough positivity and catchy melodies to put a smile on the face of even the biggest cynic, one might be tempted to call Frontier an album of mindless retro-pop. Just don't expect to hear any apologies from the band. Contact 617-254-3304.—WP