As female duo The Ditty Bops cover the Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love" on their new record, it's difficult to believe them when they sweetly croon "I feel like I could die" over delicately plucked acoustic guitar and mandolin. But that discontinuity may very well be the group's appeal. Spinning this album is like listening to birds chirp during springtime: It's sweet, pleasant, and it makes you forget that winter ever even existed. And although the two singers' vocal harmonies are often reminiscent of children chanting, there is a palpable sense of worldly experience and maturity in the songs they pen together. It's not necessarily for everyone -- and Tegan & Sara could most certainly take them in a fight -- but there is clear craftsmanship in these tracks. Even if talent doesn't count for as much as gimmick does these days, it should on this disc.
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