One of last year's worst indie-label releases was the self-titled debut of POP ETC (ne the Morning Benders), in which the band underwent a wholesale sonic makeover from fussy chamber rock to AutoTuned faux-R&B. Ra Ra Riot have more success with Beta Love, abandoning the indie pop of its first two albums for the sort of polished-to-a-sheen electropop that has made bands like Passion Pit so successful. The results are mixed--the whole thing sounds overproduced and scattershot. But when the band is on point, as in the slinky "Is It Too Much," they show plenty of potential to grow into their new sound, and singer Wes Miles has the pipes and charisma to take them there.
Ra Ra Riot plays The Neptune on Friday, Feb. 8. Listen to "Is It Too Much" and "Beta Love" after the jump.