For his fifth album in six years, Eric Elbogen shortened his band moniker from Say Hi To Your Mom to Say Hi, but his musical ingredients hold firm: catchy indie-pop buoyed by synthesizers, Elbogen's mumbly croon, and clever lyrics. The croon marks a step forward: Elbogen isn't a great singer, but "Shakes Her Shoulders" sounds dynamic compared to the flat vocalizing that saddled some of Say Hi's previous work. Regardless, it isn't much of a liability, because Elbogen has a good ear for melody; Wishes has plenty of instantly gratifying pop hooks, the type its predecessor—2006's vampire-themed Impeccable Blahs—lacked. That abundance makes The Wishes And The Glitch Say Hi's strongest disc yet.

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