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The Murmurs: Pristine Smut [MCA, 1997]
Outgrowing the bland preciosity of their debut (as in "You Suck," where cute was supposed to sharpen mean and muddled it instead?), showbiz kids reemerge as prosex lesbians with a weakness for romance and the lissome, breathy country-rock to match. Not since Liz Phair's "Flower," Janet's "Throb," and Madonna's Erotica has pop softcore attended so sweetly to the erogenous zones. A-