The Lashes debut album, Get It, is an infectious romp, but unlike their contemporaries Hot Hot Heat, the Strokes or Rooney, the Lashes sound like they’re aping their own generation. It’s not terrible; it’s harmless and very safe, but a lot of fun while it lasts. You won’t remember much of it after it ends, much like a sugar high.
And while the Strokes and Hot Hot Heat play alternative music with a pop sensibility, the Lashes are pop hipsters who add a few guitars into the mix. They clearly never developed as lyricists beyond high school (“Sometimes the Sun” features an epic eye-roll of a chorus). It’s not terrible, except for maybe the cliché ridden ballad “Dear Hollywood,” but it is sonic cotton candy.
Think of this as the perfect sugary rush to groove along to on your way towards the beach. Or as the latest thing that your thirteen-year-old sister is in love with. Get It? Eh, not necessarily.
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