Picks and Pans Review: Half Dozen

updated 06/07/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/07/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Evan & Jaron

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Identical twins Evan and Jaron Lowenstein, 30, make perfect brothers in harmony on this EP featuring six new songs and three previously released bonus tracks. Continuing in the melodic guitar-pop vein of their 2001 hit "Crazy for This Girl," Half Dozen serves up such tasty tunes as the first single "What She Likes," a country-tinged ditty whose sunny vocals and jaunty beat belie the heartbreak lyric: "I should have known that I never could have known enough about her to keep her mine." Evan & Jaron, who split songwriting, guitar and keyboard duties, also juxtapose the bitterness of love gone wrong with the sweetness of their harmonies on hook-heavy tracks like "Another Mistake" ("I'm just another mistake that you're not gonna make") and "Fly Away" ("You can fly away if you want to/ Just don't crash on me when you hit the ground"). They will, to quote a Beatle-esque ballad here, make you "smile through the blue."


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