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In Brief

* 1/2 Goldfinger, "Hang-Ups," Mojo.

September 14, 1997|Sandy Masuo

Impossible as it might seem, the follow-up to Goldfinger's smash debut is an even perkier collection of scruffy, ska-powered ruminations on various adolescent anxieties: girl trouble, money problems, general cluelessness. Hence the title. Unfortunately the songwriting isn't any more substantial than before, which means all the pop vim ultimately rings hollow--a fatal flaw only amplified by the group's sharp playing and improvements in production.

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Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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