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Below Jupiter

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Below Jupiter's "Political Robots" is so pogo-ready, it'll knock your fillings loose. The Cleveland duo's full-length debut unloads with three minutes of punky, bouncy, unplugged pop that sounds like the Violent Femmes, but with more keyboard and less bass. Then "When the Sun Begins to Rise" slows things down before the band slips into Beatlesque mode. Frontman Josh Emmet gets his Lennon on in "Eyes Have Been Opened," singing about finding love at a protest march; in "60s Child," he reads a hushed riot act. The mix doesn't really do Emmet's lyrics any favors, but his piano melodies are strong enough to carry the tunes . . . which only read like political manifestos.

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