NYC duo possibly too fashionable for their own good

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Mommy And Daddy – Live How You Listen

Spontaneous though it may be, the debut album by Vivian Sarratt and Edmond Hallas sounds like it was designed by a particularly cynical committee. The formula of boy and girl vocals, primitive electronics and big fuzz bass is novel, but results are more predictable. So Live How You Listen is a bit unhinged, then a bit robotic, fits snugly between the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and ARE Weapons, and also references Devo, The B-52s, Blondie (when Sarratt sings) and The Sex Pistols (when Hallas sings). Lively enough, but you can’t help thinking Mommy And Daddy are a little closer to the zeitgeist than is healthy.