Britpop lives! Drugstore’s sophomore effort easily outpaces some of the more hyped U.K. exports of recent times. Brazilian-native Isabel Monteiro has a strong, sweet voice, vaguely reminiscent of Cery Matthews from Catatonia, that clearly differentiates Drugstore from the predominant boyrock of Britpop. Leading off is a concert favorite, “Say Hello,” a tribute to “all the drunkards, prostitutes, junkies and freaks,” complete with mariachi orchestra.
The highlight of the record is the Monteiro’s OK Computer-ish duet with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke on “El President.” Like Radiohead, Drugstore create subtle, layered music that artfully juxtaposes a wall of sound with moments of almost total silence. White Magic for Lovers artfully expands upon their previous work with its intriguing orchestral approach to alternative rock.
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