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The Red Hot Valentines
Calling Off Today (Polyvinyl Records)

By: Alex Steininger

The Red Hot Valentines' Polyvinyl debut, the three-song Calling Off Today EP means well, but just doesn't make the grade. A mixture of faux new wave and stale pop-rock, they come off sounding like the MTV buzz band of the moment, with more frills than substance, all wrapped in a pretty face. They've got some good hooks, and make you want to sing along - against your will - but after you fill up on the empty calories you start craving something more. I'll give it a C-.
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