Jim Farber
March 19, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Department Store Girl

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Force MP

We gave it a C+

The Rosenbergs play power-pop with a lot more hook appeal than heart. Lead writer David Fagin clearly knows how to match three chords to a melody that clicks, but his vocals can sound self-conscious and mannered, and his lyrics can seem smug (”Crockett & Tubbs”). While catchy songs are nothing to sneer at, the Rosenbergs’ music ends up too cute by half.

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