In need of a set of grunge licks colored by strained idealism? Well, look no further than Viberate, the sophomore set from Toronto's Joydrop.

In need of a set of grunge licks colored by strained idealism? Well, look no further than Viberate, the sophomore set from Toronto's Joydrop. Throughout (and with contributions from all four bandmates), a sense of disillusionment prevails, particularly on such tracks as singer Tara Slone's "American Dreamgirl" and its darker sister, bassist Tom McKay's "This Is Not Real." Both songs attack the superficiality of celebrity and the media, an issue the band and its photogenic vocalist are certainly familiar with. "Hey mister music/My name's not honey/Don't call me dear/ My eyes are up here," Slone sneers on "American Dreamgirl." On the whole, her voice rarely delves as deep as the words she sings, tending to remain tightly restrained. The band does hit some high notes, though, especially on "Sometimes Wanna Die," the album's first single and catchiest cut, as well as "Metasexual" and the tender "Swan Song."—SB

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