What could be worse that a band fronted by a former teen movie starlet, which also includes her (ex) boyrfriend? Not much you would think, but ignore all that (although do watch Plesantville, in which lead singer Jenny Lewis has a part - that is a quality film) and instead just sit back and listen to one of the most pleasantly pop albums in quite some time.
One listen through is all it takes for most of the delicate melodies to lodge inside you brain although it takes subsequent listens to appreciate the lyrical venom that sometimes lurkes behind the calm veneer. This juxtaposition only adds to the band's appeal, giving the music heart and soul.
Stand out tracks include, "It's A Hit" (which it certainly should be), "I Never" which seemingly adds a cast of thousands to the group and lead single "Portions For Foxes" which deserves to lodge into the top 10 on a permanent basis.
Occasional lapses into schmaltz mean the album isn't perfect, and the collection does peak rather early, but if Miss Lewis really is "Bad News" as she suggests she is, then long may the bad news continue.
Icon's View - 4 out of 5