Album: The Veronicas, Hook Me Up, (Sire)

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The mystique of twins is a resonant trope in popular culture, from the Coens to the Everlys.

It's also a popular porn niche, which may explain the success of The Veronicas (Ayers Rock-sized in Oz, making inroads in the US, now coming this way), a pair of identical 24-year-olds who don't scrub up too badly.

Despite the airbrushed rock-chick look, Lisa and Jessica Origliasso's latest release is closer to the pulsating electro-pop of prime Girls Aloud than to the faux indie of, say, Kelly Clarkson. As shameless semi-manufactured pleasures go, it's half-decent.