"The Music"


One song on the Music's American debut is aptly titled "The Truth Is No Words," and it seems a safe bet that the members of this band were not English majors. Although the Leeds quartet is part of Britpop's ongoing early-'70s revival -- and does a credible Led Zeppelin impression on tracks such as "Take the Long Road and Walk It" -- its wide-screen sound owes almost as much to acid house as electric blues. Like Doves, another current U.K. pomp-rock outfit that keeps one ear cocked toward the dance floor, the Music is concerned with sheer sonic presence, not content. No wonder the band's self-titled album features such generic song titles as "Disco," and that one of singer Robert Harvey's most memorable lines is "Bip-bop bip-bop bip-bop bop."

Since its first few singles and EPs, the foursome has incorporated electronic beats and stuttering "glitch" effects. These are most conspicuous on the album-opening "The Dance," which surges like early Public Image Ltd. Yet the Music is still fundamentally a hard-rock band, as is especially obvious on such almost Poison-ous heavy ballads as "Turn Out the Light." When the sweep and the beat do come together, the effect is dynamic. For now, though, the Music's songwriting lags significantly behind its sound-slinging.

-- Mark Jenkins

Appearing Tuesday at the 9:30 club with the Vines. * To hear a free Sound Bite from the Music, call Post-Haste at 202-334-9000 and press 8105. (Prince William residents, call 703-690-4110.)