Andy Greenwald
August 24, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Places Like This

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Indie Rock

We gave it a B-

A more literal group than Architecture in Helsinki would have named themselves Twee Electro-Pop in Melbourne, but there’s nothing straightforward about this Australian sextet. Singer Cameron Bird suffers from a very specific type of audio ADD: On his band’s buzzing, busy third album (Places Like This), he leaps from synthy party jams to steel-drum rocking tropicalia. It’s a scattershot approach that’s often frustrating. But when one of his madcap schemes works (such as in the sublimely sloppy calypso-infused ”Heart It Races”), the results are exhilarating. B-
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