Album: Smoosh, Free to Stay (Barsuk Records)

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If Hannah Montana was played by Frances Bean Cobain instead of Billy Ray Cyrus's daughter Miley, you'd pretty much have Smoosh, a two-piece indie-rock band from Seattle featuring sisters Chloe, 12, on drums and Asya, 14, on keyboards and vocals.

'Free to Stay' is their second album and it's a little less self-consciously silly than the first. The age thing still proves to be a blessing and a curse; making it impossible to know if Smoosh are a great indie-pop act with a large dose of novelty or a novelty act with a large dose of great indie-pop. Time will tell and time is the one thing Smoosh undoubtedly have in abundance.

Pick of the Album: The very measured 'Waiting for Something'

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