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  • "Here's Willy Moon" by Willy Moon

      "Here's Willy Moon" by Willy Moon
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Willy Moon, "Here's Willy Moon" (Interscope Records)

Willy Moon will soon be gyrating his way into your music collection. Fact.

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His distinct features, tall frame, fancy footwork, dapper suits and infectious 1960s pop grooves make this New Zealander hard to miss. The 23-year-old's self-produced debut album, "Here's Willy Moon," is sharp and slick, much like Moon himself.

His album packs a punch, from his unique tone and string section on "Get Up" to surf guitars on "I Wanna Be Your Man." This is high energy rock 'n' roll with a modern twist.

The real star here is the pop-friendly "Yeah Yeah," which was used in ads for the iPod last year. If you're still sitting down after hearing this one, you need to see a doctor.

There's also the hip-hop-inspired "She Loves Me," and the David Lynch-esque "Murder Ballad" closes the show. At just less than 30 minutes long, you'll want to savor each beat on this energetic debut.

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