Album: XX Teens, Welcome to Goon Island (Mute)

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XX Teens are an indie rock quintet whose debut LP is so full of half-formed ideas that you want to tell them to go away, have a long think and come back when they're ready.

Operating in the new wave/garage rock revival area, with back-of-an-envelope lyrics accompanied by spidery, primitive guitars, they sound like a band who have heard one Fall album and mistakenly thought its greatness lay in the slapdash, amateurish racket, not the content. Unless you find songs about amputees amusing ("B 54"), there's precious little of worth in this forgettable addition to an oversubscribed genre.

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