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Passion Pit; Manners: I imagine that recording the screams of Alvin and the Chipmunks as they were being stabbed to death would result in something similar sounding to Passion Pit's breakthrough hit "Sleepyhead." I just can't grow to love it, or hell, even like it. But I sure do love the rest of their debut album. Boston's indie electro-pop band deliver winsome ditties with saccharine sweet lyrics a la the Postal Service. They've gained some serious momentum in the last year or so, and already have a diehard fan base. In fact, their gig at the Showbox this Sunday sold out last week. Scalpers, rejoice!
Emiliana Torrini; Me and Armini: The Icelandic alt-pop singer's fifth album is her best to date. But it's a far cry from her endearing debut Love in the Time of Science or any of its follow-ups. Torrini trades in the lush instrumentation for minimal plucking of guitar strings and muted percussion on Me and Armini. Yet the songs have more pizzazz. The comparison that repeatedly sprung to my mind was Nancy Sinatra. When Torrini sassily struts her way through the upbeat anthem "Jungle Drum," she sounds just like the '60s starlet did on "These Boots Are Made for Walkin.'" Fantastic.