The Affair, Yes Yes To You

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The New-Wave pop jalopies of the Affair frequently get compared to ’80s forbearers. But the similarities of Kali Holloway and her friends to Joan Jett or Blondie don't quite explain the unique charm of these songs. What does? Perhaps it's the willfully lo-fi production, which makes them sound like the catchiest neo-Nuggets band around. Or maybe it's Holloway herself, who moves easily between bratty girl-group vocals (“Andy”) and Siouxsie banshee wailing (“The Chase”). Or it could simply be the four instrumentalists behind her, melding their rock, disco and punk influences into an easy-to-swallow pop pill. Whenever you figure it out, let us know. We're too busy bopping along to care.