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September 15, 2005

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CD Reviews
by Amy Diaz

The Click Five, Greetings from Imrie House

Lava Records, 2005

**1/2

All boy bands should sound like this.

Technically, The Click Five is not a boy band. The bouncy pop. Synthesizers and bright and shiny vocals are, technically, Boston barley-out-of-indie-stage pop. Their harmonies are Beach Boys, their attitude is a politer SmashMouth, their pose is a less bookish Fountains of Wayne. Songs like “Good Day” and “Catch Your Wave” could be Sprite commercials or theme songs to mid-1990s NBC sitcoms but surprise you for how annoying they’re not. Sure, it sounds like these boys started shaving (some of them) yesterday maybe but ignore the preposterous lyrics about regret and hard times and you’ll find yourself more-or-less enjoying the benign power ballads and the pretty pretty melodies. Greetings from Imrie House is likely to be the only album you and your 11-year-old daughter will ever agree on.