Are they punk-rock pirates? Psych-soaked Zappa-tistas? Or just a bunch of spliff-loving ska brats? These barely legal Liverpudlians may defy easy categorization – ”Dreaming of You,” a ’60s soul whirl, is just a few cuts away from the souped-up sea chantey ”Spanish Main” – but they’re always engaging, making for a record that’s as hard to ignore as it is to pin down.

Originally posted March 14 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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