Sparking Ray Gun

Jersey faves Mars Needs Women are sure to fare better than Michael Jordan in the minor leagues, especially with the focus track, "Nothing," a Beatlesque take on life, before, during and after. Deserving an equal amount of attention is "Superhero," a Cheap Trick-meets-The Clash daydream about underage empowerment.

Mars Needs Women, who got their name from a science fiction B-movie, coined the phrase "aggro-pop" to describe their music. Lately, the aggro has been kicking the shit out of the pop, making for a sweltering soup that can please the kiddies but still piss off mom. Atlantic Records is gonna be all over this like a summer's worth of sunscreen.

Robert Makin

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