Ever been hugged too hard? It’s a bit like listening to the BESTIES,
purveyors of either the bristliest indie pop ever sprung from Brooklyn
or the most adorable punk rock. Their songs — poppy paeans to lost
time, lost loves, and lost lofts — threaten to be devoured by their own
cuteness, but the Besties have dueling penchants for volume and
bombast, and the result is more whee! than twee.
Two -heads are better than one. Also, we don't like to make too much of covers, but listening to Cee-Lo tackle Mr. Yorke's high notes on "Reckoner," and thinking also of Yorke's own soul turn on "Nude," we're not entirely sure that Radiohead didn't make a better R&B album than Danger Mouse this time around.