OK Go's A Million Ways is fine clipped New Wave surfing a post-Ricky Gervais zeitgeist of 'doing the dance', Levy provide understated thrills on On The Dancefloor, Sparks continue to danc to nobody's tune but their own on Perfume, Boy Kill Boy fulfil the British Killers But With Scary Eyed Frontman gap with Back Again, and the spirit of proper indie returns with The Research's Lonely Hearts Still Beat The Same, an anti-Valentine's song released in Valentine's week, as would have been inevitable.
Galashiels' Dawn Of The Replicants, now up to a decade's service, are still throwing everything at an amplified wall and seeing what sticks on Fangs, while from across oceans Tilly And The Wall do their Rilo Kiley/Bright Eyes/Ronettes with a tap dancer thing on Wild Like Children - good work to pick that one up, Moshi Moshi. Otherwise it's mostly repackaging old songs, what with The Bands 06 and the like. Our tiny minds are fascinated by Pop Jr 2, a curious melange of pop hits and kids' show themes (the Pants Dance!); the musical explorer in us really needs to fill the knowledge hole catered for by Tropicalia: A Brasilian Revolution In Sound, while our rockist tendencies draw us towards the doubled in length The Jam best of Snap. We won't hear of it, however, if like the original Compact Snap it retains the fully electrified demo version of That's Entertainment, passing it off as having "a certain quality that was never captured again". No, the later versions are good.