Tom Lanham
August 15, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Fourth World

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Reprise Records

We gave it a B+

”I can’t find anything to be sad about/They say I’m doomed but I feel fine,” chirps frontman of Kara’s Flowers Adam Levine on the Brit-pop-peppy cut ”Myself.” Not exactly the sentiment you’d expect from an 18-year-old L.A. whippersnapper fresh out of depressing high school. But these optimistic, lyrically awkward kids spend 10 more happy tracks on The Fourth World turning the tables on lethargic slacker cynicism, with Green Day producer Rob Cavallo bridling all that youthful zeal. B+

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