Impossible not to love.
The Pernice Brothers' fifth disc, Discover a Lovelier You, is just as irresistible. With Joe Pernice's trademark wit and warmth, the disc rips up his alt-country pedigree as founder of the defunct Scud Mountain Boys and then pulls the teeth out of power pop, making it pucker up into a lush, almost mouthwatering melodiousness. Where its predecessor, Yours, Mine & Ours, damn near rocked, Discover lulls with skittish rhythms, pealing guitars and Pernice's droll sigh, ripe with snow-blind kisses and other such tragicomically romantic tableaus. Contemporaries such as A.C. Newman and Stephen Merritt get all the cheers, but don't let the Pernice Brothers' casual perfection scare you; no matter how incandescent Discover gets, it's still humble, human and winsomely disarming.