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Hot Hot Heat - Make Up The Breakdown

It's easy to see why the American music business has become mildly orgasmic about Hot Hot Heat in the past few months. These four Canadians embrace the skinny ties and stuttering pop of The Strokes with the angular bile of early Elvis Costello and the fractionally more outré new wave so prevalent in New York right now. It's a snappy, catchy hybrid, though one that irritates pretty quickly due to the mannered yelps and shrill organ stabs of the band's leader, Steve Bays. Save your post-punk buck for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Rapture albums.

Rating: 2 / 10


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