Indy alternative rock band Letters to Cleo have mastered the art of the ironic, biting and slightly angry lyric underpinned with entirely suitable crunch-guitar led playing. This is a great band album, with an organic feel to the playing, although no virtuosity.
If you've not come across Letters to Cleo before as such, you may remember them as the band in 10 Things I Hate About You
, playing on the rooftop at the end, and also in the prom and earlier in the club. Their sound is -- well -- exactly what you would expect in that kind of club, though Heath Ledger's jibe about 'girls who can't play their instruments' is entirely unfounded: the singer is female, the musicians are male, and they can very definitely play their instruments.
I ordered this, and other Letters to Cleo stuff, on a whim after seeing the film for the second time. I am totally not disappointed, and mark this as one of the discoveries of last year.