February 16, 2004 12:00 PM

Phantom Planet


Phantom Planet has been best known for its Hollywood connections: Actor Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) was the group’s drummer until his departure last year, and the band’s song “California,” from 2002’s The Guest album, serves as the opening theme to the FOX drama The O.C. On its latest, the L.A.-based quintet sets out to make more noise with a garage-rock disc. Problem is, they sound too much like the Strokes on routine raw rockers like “The Happy Ending” and first single “Big Brat.” It doesn’t help that lead singer Alexander Greenwald’s snarl at times seems to be a ripoff of Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas.

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