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Bent Shapes
Can a jangle-pop band also be a power-pop band, or does the jingle-jangle inherently negate the power surge? Feels Weird, the first album from Boston trio Bent Shapes since shedding their name Girlfriends, makes a solid case for the former. Opener “Behead Yrself, Pt. 2”—whose mocking title is only trumped by lines like, “I’m not saying you need some deep-seated hatred of self/But it helps” as if they’re being sung by Rivers Cuomo’s younger brother—is a prime example, its brisk and striking guitar chords giving out to trembling runs once the chorus kicks in. The tracks that follow pick at The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Unrest, Jonathan Richman, Real Estate and, in the album’s final minutes, true Blue Album-era Weezer.

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