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HUMMINGBIRDS (Buy CDs by this artist)
loveBUZZ (rooArt/PolyGram) 1990

Australia's Hummingbirds play an agreeable form of brisk guitar-band pop that's hypnotic in small doses, but soporific at full-CD (55 minutes) length. With classicist Mitch Easter producing, the Sydney quartet's debut emphasizes a ringing blend of male and female three-part harmonies, generating a sweet, airy vibe with unabashed guitar energy. While toned-down efforts like "Everything You Said" (which resembles a juiceless Primitives) occasionally threaten preciousness, the rhythm section kicks hard enough in songs like "Blush," "Word Gets Around" and "Get on Down" to keep the record in a good gear.

[Jon Young]