Album: Boy, Mutual Friends (Decca)

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It's easy (and let's be honest, quite enjoyable) to sneer.

But from a set-up involving suspiciously photogenic young women of Swiss and German descent, Boy manage to tease something close to pop perfection. Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass come on like Lissie on happy pills, though songs such as "Waitress" ("While daylight is fading/ While traders are trading/ The waitress is waiting") show a happy-sad approach that is as easy as it is enjoyable.