Why Shrag aren’t one of the world’s most popular bands is beyond me. “Life! Death! Prizes!,” their second full-length on Where It’s At Is Where You Are Records features the same kind of upbeat tunes as those on their first, self-titled, lp, which was one of my favorites of last year.

Songwriting — Paul Weller-and-the-Jam-style poems about everyday life — is their greatest strength.  And now their line-up features two girls and three guys, just like the B-5s2s once did.

I guess they’re just a little too smart, a little too funny, and maybe a little too British for the American mainstream. Just as well though, since if they got really popular I’d start to feel really guilty about liking them so much.

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