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The Penelopes, Eternal Spring (Vaudeville Park)
This Japanese pop group have a cool '60s sound to their music, but honestly I would have preferred the lyrics to just be sung in their native tongue. The vocals get a bit distracting at times, marring what could have been a potentially super album. Also, fifteen songs by this group is a bit much, but the good stuff, like "Vehicle", "Heart and Soul", and "Book of Brilliant Stings", shines brightly. Everything is well-produced and shimmers with that nice indie-pop sound that any power pop junkie should be able to enjoy. Plus, they apparently also managed to land themselves a real drummer for this outing. Overall, Eternal Spring is a nice little listen that should receive a few plays.