This English quintet's debut
doesn't really deliver anything you haven't heard before, steering too
close to Smiths-like melodies and trying ever so hard to be depressed in
the way the Cure popularized. Occasionally, though, it does offer clever
lyrics and good hooks. And "Creep" is one of the year's most infectious
singles -- even if the self-deprecation doesn't really ring true.
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