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New Albums

September 12, 2002

* Wondermints, "Mind If We Make Love to You," Smile Records/Image Entertainment. The fourth album by the L.A. pop trio proudly carries the torch lit by Brian Wilson, beside whom the Wondermints have played for the past three years. Wondermints' material might lack a commanding lead voice, but amid lush melodies, pristine harmonies and meticulous orchestration, there isn't a single number that would spoil a late-summer sunset. The colorful landscapes of "Make Love's" straight-ahead balladry come to life in the gently churning psychedelia of "Sweetness."

Also:

Bacilos, "Caraluna," Warner Music Latina

Bangs, "Call & Response," PNMV/Kill Rock Stars

Peter Case, "Bee Line," Vanguard

Guy Clark, "The Dark," Sugar Hill

Ani DiFranco, "So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter," Righteous Babe

John Doe, "Dim Stars, Bright Sky," ArtistDIRECT

Interpol, "Turn on the Bright Lights," Matador

Ivy, "Guestroom," Minty Fresh

Layo & Bushwacka!, "Night Works," XL

Mission U.K., "Aura," Metropolis

Nightmares on Wax, "Mind Elevation," Warp

Sahara Hotnights, "Jennie Bomb," Jetset

Shade Sheist, "Informal Introduction," MCA

Volumen Cero, "Luces," Warner Music Latina

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