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*** Republica, "Republica," RCA.

September 29, 1996|Elysa Gardner

Meet the new new wave. Like fellow female-led U.K. upstarts Elastica and Sleeper, Republica mixes sweet-tart melodies and a bratty charm reminiscent of '80s Brit-pop with postmodern techno flourishes. The yummy hooks and breathless dance beats on tracks such as "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and the single "Ready to Go" are as irresistible as singer Saffron's Debbie Harry-meets-Siouxsie Sioux moxie. Pure, exhilarating fun.

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