This Perfect Day
's debut album, Rubber Soul
, may not share much with the Beatles
' masterpiece of the same name, but it is nevertheless an appealing pop collection. The Swedish group builds from the melodic innocence of early Beatles
and the jangling alt-pop of the '80s, tempering it all with a slight suggestion of new wave and punk-pop. Lyrically, the group's a little lightweight, but they have a stronger sense of songcraft than many of their Swede-pop peers, and that's the reason why Rubber Soul
is such a charming, winning debut.