Lackloves Star City Baby

Though summer may have ended, it's never a bad time to release that great summertime album. Milwaukee's the Lackloves have released a record that emphasises everything great about true, classic pop rock - like the importance of a tambourine, handclaps, jangly guitars and the friendliest melodies. The influence of such pop stalwarts as Redd Kross, Big Star and '60s-era Kinks are all over singer Mike Jarvis's songs. The nicest thing about these songs is how they complement one another. With a lot of unknown pop records, a sure-fire single is thrown in for some mass appeal, yet Star City Baby avoids anything of the sort, aiming for the status of "classic" instead of "one hit wonder." (Rainbow Quartz)