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Musical Fruits

Citrus fruits are the latest craze in music -- Bands like the Lemonheads, Kumquat, and Tangerine Dream are all the rage

Citrus fruits are the latest craze in music

No scurvy for these rock pirates, matey. Suddenly, the record business is super-juiced on vitamin C (and we're not just talking about the toothpicked wedges in their expense-account daiquiris). While there have always been citrus-based bands — the Lemonheads, Kumquat, Tangerine Dream — oranges are clearly the musical fruit of the moment. Below, the best of the current harvest. (Advance apologies to fans of Pulp and Juice Newton: Due to space constraints, we are forced to keep it strictly to this year's releases.)

ORANGER

NEW COMES AND GOES (EENIE MEENIE)

The Sound: Clean-shaven, slightly generic psych-pop, informed by former tourmates like R.E.M., Pavement, and fellow snackables Apples in Stereo. Orange Crush: They clearly have a thing for Brian Wilson; Gram Parsons comes in a close second. Overall A-peel: (on a scale of 1-10): 6.5 (Out Sept. 20)

THE ORANGE PEELS

CIRCLING THE SUN (PARASOL)

The Sound: Buoyant orchestral jangle-and-sprawl, soaked by West Coast rays. Orange Crush: Well, each other; the bassist and singer have been married for almost 16 years. Overall A-peel: 7.5

THE ORANGES BAND

THE WORLD & EVERYTHING IN IT (LOOKOUT!)

The Sound: Dreamy, erudite melodica with sharp harmonies — and the occasional (mild) rock freak-out. Orange Crush: Singer Roman Kuebler did time as Spoon's touring bassist; think along those lines, but with loads of Wellbutrin and a base tan. Overall A-peel: 8

ORANGE JUICE THE GLASGOW SCHOOL (DOMINO)

The Sound: The legendary Scots were doing the angular, neo-wave indie-pop thing back when you were just a wee shorty, but this compilation is the band's first official American release. Orange Crush: It's more about who has a crush on them: Franz Ferdinand, Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai. . .Overall A-peel: 9

Originally posted Aug 12, 2005 Published in issue #834-835 Aug 19, 2005 Order article reprints