album review: harlem
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 09, 2010

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Arranging a seemingly endless string of hooks, Harlem has upped the ante with Hippies, the sloppy-sounding, fuzzy sophomore record from a band that is smarter than it sounds and catchy as hell. With album titles like Free Drugs and Hippies, not to mention a serious bout of nostalgia for beach pop cooked with Nirvana aesthetics, expectations could include indigestion, or bland flavors. Instead, Harlem hides their sleeves and knuckles up; song after song could be the soundtrack to a day of surfing, driving through the mountains, or just jumping up and down. Their ubiquity is their most charming asset.

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