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The Scene Between

Noisy, jangly pop crew flies too close to the sun on wings of pure twee sugar

Th Go! Team

The Go! Team’s delightful 2004 debut, Thunder, Lightning, Strike!, smashed low-fi samples into live instrumentation, creating an explosion of cheerful noise. Each of the U.K. act’s follow-up albums has tried, in one way or another, to recreate the magic of that first spark. With their fourth full-length, the band shifts gears slightly, turning away from its signature warped jangle (later a key influence on acts like Sleigh Bells) and barrelling full force into twee-pop. The effect is less than refreshing: These saccharine tunes and too-cute melodies could desperately use some of the band’s old abrasive edge. Successful moments shine through, like album opener “What’d You Say,” a buoyant pop morsel that feels appropriate on the edge of spring, and the lower-key instrumental interlude “Rolodex The Seasons.” But the rest of The Scene Between is enough to give you a candy headache.

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