November 6, 2008

The Virgins: Self-Titled

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While The Virgins self-titled debut LP (released over the summer) offers a few fairly danceable and catchy tracks that provided the entire soundtrack for that one Gossip Girl episode, in substance the album as a whole mirrors our favorite Monday night guilty pleasure — it’s fun on the outside, but when you get down to the meat and bones of it, there isn’t a lot there.
Many tracks, such as “One Week of Danger” and “Rich Girls,” have strong intros with rocking and funky guitar riffs respectively, but quickly dissolve into formulaic pop choruses. These tracks are the standouts, however, compared to such songs as “Teen Lovers,” and “Murder,” which emulate ’80’s new wave to the point that hardly anything new is offered. However, the band’s clear allusions to acts like The Strokes and Ok Go! at least make them engaging. And entertainment value is always appreciated, whether it comes from The Virgins or an episode of Gossip Girl on a Monday night.