Rob Brunner
February 08, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Stands for deciBels/Repercussion

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Collector's Choice

We gave it an A-

Like a fidgety Big Star, this North Carolina-by-way-of-Manhattan cult band sets teen-angst themes to an adult pop sound, mixing new-wave nervous energy with surprisingly sophisticated songcraft. Their 1981 debut, Stands for deciBels, is a near-perfect album, with co-singer-songwriters Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple turning in such mini-masterpieces as ”I’m In Love” and ”Tearjerkin”’ (Stamey) and ”Black and White” and ”Big Brown Eyes” (Holsapple). The 1982 follow-up, Repercussion, is more refined but less fun; its charms can be cheaply appreciated on this welcome single-CD set of both albums.

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