Genre: Indie Rock; Producer (group): Minty Fresh

Chicago brothers John and Frank Navin must have listened to a lot of Carpenters records in their youth. The duo — with a little help from indie-rock friends Sally Timms of the Mekons and the Pulsars’ Trumfio brothers — creates peppy synth-pop melodies so sweet and alluring they’re instant heartstring tuggers with lyrics that break that heart. Enough pop pathos to keep mopers melancholy for hours. A-

Originally posted August 21 1998 — 12:00 AM EDT

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