City Beach

Genre: Pop; Lead Performer: Jill Cunniff; Producer (group): The Militia Group

Urban grit meets tropical heat on City Beach, the winsome but wispy solo debut from Luscious Jackson vet Jill Cunniff. On slacker paeans like ”Lazy Girls,” Brazilian-tinged techno draws a soothing aural bath; Wurlitzer and jittery percussion punch up the brassy ”Happy Warriors.” Sadly, her lyrics slide into threadbare banalities (e.g., ”In this electric Babylon/We gotta gotta carry on”). In ”Happy Warriors” Cunniff asks listeners to ”come out of your sugar haze” — an apt echo of the tart smarts that made LJ a pop delight.

Originally posted February 16 2007 — 12:00 AM EST

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