POOR BUT SEXY
“Let’s Move in Together”

Kindred spirits: The Dismemberment Plan, Dirty Projectors, Steely Dan

Show: With Franz Nicolay and David Dondero on Sunday at the Black Cat. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. 202-667-7960. www.blackcatdc.com. $10.

lewisj rim Poor but Sexy’s debut album,“Let’s Move in Together ,” has a little bit for everyone. At times it’s even a bit too much. Some light-funk, brainy R&B, smooth Yacht rock and warped art-rock all seep into the mix. Even with all those sounds, the album is rarely unfocused. It’s just that sometimes it doesn’t sound all that appealing.

The band’s guitarist, Jason Caddell, is best known for playing with the Dismemberment Plan, Washington’s beloved indie rockers who embraced spastic funk sounds and who staged a successful reunion tour earlier this year. But the Plan serves as more of a reference point for PBS rather than a blueprint. Even with all the genre-hopping, singer David Brown is the focal point of most of these songs, filling up any empty spaces with wordy forays into awkward seduction. “Hotter Than a Poptart” is his idea of a compliment. “We can make a video and put it up on YouTube,” he purrs on opener “Big Chief.” Sometimes it makes you chuckle, but too often it sounds like the singer from Barenaked Ladies doing a bad R. Kelly impression.

PBS is at its strongest when it dials things down. “Fool Runnin’ ” has the best combination of easygoing funk and sprightly guitar and keyboards. “Dance Alone” is straightforward blue-eyed soul that’s neither tongue-in-cheek or overly saccharine, allowing listeners to groove without cringing.

— David Malitz