The debut full-length from the Webb Brothers—Justin and Christiaan, the sons of singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb ("Wichita Lineman," "MacArthur Park")—is a smart collection of California-sty

The debut full-length from the Webb Brothers—Justin and Christiaan, the sons of singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb ("Wichita Lineman," "MacArthur Park")—is a smart collection of California-style orchestral-pop fused with Elvis Costello sensibilities. A loose chronicle of the brothers' time spent playing in the Chicago music scene of the mid-1990s, Maroon is steeped in a weary decadence. "At three in the morning I'm ugly/But handsome to you," Justin sings on the waltz-like "Fluorescent Lights." Being jaded, though, has never sounded so bittersweet, thanks to the Webbs' lush arrangements. Tracks like "All the Cocaine in the World," "The Liar's Club," and "I Can't Believe You're Gone" are melancholy beauties—symphonic snapshots of excess-ridden lives spent in search of fulfillment in a world of spilled drinks and late-night conversations.—BG