Sea Lions Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions but Were Afraid to Ask

Sea Lions Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions but Were Afraid to Ask
Judging by the jokey, Woody Allen-referencing title and awkward anti-glamour shot that adorns the front cover of the debut LP from this California indie pop crew, they don't take anything, least of all themselves, particularly seriously. These 15 twee ditties clock in at less than 30 minutes, and the short runtimes and roughhewn arrangements suggest that nothing was particularly laboured over. Sometimes, the group's slapdash approach results in a charmingly catchy pop gem, most notably "I Should Be Sleeping," which is packed with winsome melodies and brisk strumming that's part grit, part jangle. Too often, however, Sea Lions borrow from their indie pop forbearers (Television Personalities, Orange Juice, the Field Mice, etc.) without injecting enough personality or killer hooks to leave an impression. For indie pop fans, Everything You Always Wanted to Know won't offend, but it won't offer many thrills either. (Slumberland)