Annie Hayden The Rub

The sound of New Zealand/Flying Nun influences run throughout this solid collection of smart, upbeat pop songs written and recorded by Annie Hayden. The former member of New Jersey band Spent, Hayden has cobbled together a collection of instrumentals and killer pop tunes with the help of some well-connected friends. While Spent's calling card was intense indie-rock, the brand that is delicate and furious in turns, Hayden's own muse lingers on the softer side of that equation. (Merge)