Invitation - LEFSE
FILTER Grade: 79%
By Laura Studarus on September 26, 2011
San Francisco quintet Dominant Legs (lead by Girls’ Ryan William Lynch) is the indie-rock equivalent of the classic “you got your peanut butter in my chocolate” ad. Appropriating the last 40-plus years of sunshine-pop tunes, their debut full-length is a tasty blend. Album standout “Make Time for the Boy” borrows not only a smidge of Elton John’s swagger but his “little Susie” character as well. As if to drive home the band’s anachronism-friendly approach, the tune is kicked off by the strongest girl-group coos this side of Spector. The shape-shifting group manages to channel Depeche Mode in “Lady Is Sleek and So Petite,” and as for “Darling Girls”—well, holy Hall & Oates, Batman! Even when evoking tired tropes (“She Can Boss Me Around” contains the dull refrain “I wasn’t looking for a love to come around”), Dominant Legs’ missteps are kept in line by irrepressibly bubbly synths for a smile-inducing listen.