"Christian Girls should be kept pristine and totally devoid of pain, I can't hold back the rain , the dirty, dirty rain." I'm a huge fan of Hefner's debut album, Breaking God's Heart, but was a bit let down by their second effort, The Fidelity Wars. Boxing Hefner returns to form with twelve rare and unreleased tracks from these lovelorn uber-geeks. "Christian Girls" is the song that convinced Too Pure to sign Hefner in the first place -- a hysterical take on religious purity presented, true to form, with its sexuality on its sleeves. Highlights include a mesmerizing John Peel performance of "The Science Fiction" and the band's traditional closing number at shows, "Twisting Mary's Arm." Throughout, Darren Hayman's cracked, plaintive vocals are reminiscent of white suburbanite Mark Robinson attempting black soul on early Unrest albums, or perhaps more directly, Jonathan Richman singing to his Boston girlfrens with the Modern Lovers. In fact, one of the strongest performances on Boxing Hefner is "To Hide A Little Thought," which rescues Richman's poignant relationship confessional from the now out-of-print You Must Ask the Heart. With hook upon hook and energy to spare, Hefner take Richman's themes from the New England bars to the UK pubs. For wimpy suburban boys everywhere.