Picks and Pans Review: The B-52s

updated 03/31/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/31/2008 01:00AM

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DANCE-ROCK

Can you imagine any band on the planet being more fun to hang out with than the B-52s? On their first studio album in 16 years, the quirky quartet parties like it's 1989 (the year they released their bestselling album, Cosmic Thing). "I'm a pleasure seeker/Shoppin' for a new distraction," sings Kate Pierson on the title track and first single. And there are plenty of groovy distractions here, including "Keep This Party Going," on which they get vaguely political ("Take this party to the White House lawn/Things are down and dirty in Washington"), but not enough to stop the conga line.

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