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February 03, 2005

Palomar: Palomar III: Revenge of Palomar

I don't know why this shiny pop gem hasn't gotten more attention. Palomar III lacks the off-kilter angularity of their last record (you guessed it, that would be Palomar II; I can only hope their next one will be titled with a series of unpronounceable runes) but makes up for it in, well, almost every imaginable way: the hooks are hookier, the girl-group harmonies more harmonious, the songwriting tighter and more focused, and the production polished to a high and glossy sheen. At just over half an hour, it's probably exactly as long as this sort of record should be, but the ending always catches me by surprise -- "What, it's over already?!?"

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