THE M'S , "Springtime Can Kill You"

The M's touch on nearly every era of rock'n roll history on sophomore set "Future Women."

The M's touch on nearly every era of rock'n roll history on sophomore set "Future Women." Their vintage guitar sounds, layered vocal harmonies, playful pop melodies and glammy distortion harken any number of influences, from the Beatles to Bowie, Bolan to Blur. Kicking off with the drums-driven "Plan of the Man," the M's let no hook go unadorned, with additional harmonics, tambourines, hand claps or whatever it takes to rev even the slowest songs. The additional lower-register vocals and what sounds like the clinking of glasses on the title track turn what would otherwise be a "Sesame Street" composition into a drinking song. "Underground" mixes warped synths with garage rock and "Darling Lucia" occasionally wanders off into proggy instrumental interludes. The colorful lyrics and primal rhthms in "Shawnee Dupree" encourage both lip-syncing and air guitar. Most tracks on the collection are mixed with singular album vision in mind, creating a competent, technically adept whole. The M's and their "Future Women" not only jog the memories of rock past, but are memorable in their own right. -- Katie Hasty