Since the influence of electro-pop has caught on in the, er, pop world, the
indie purveyors of the genre are at risk of sounding like Ashlee Simpson or
Maroon 5. Vancouver’s Sex with Strangers’ latest release would
have felt more original if I had heard it two years ago, before being
shaped by too many familiar patterns of the ironic new wave. Despite the
delightfully raw recording of the album, which eliminates the tiresome
over-produced electronic element by playing back like it were a demo, The
Modern Seduction needs a concentrated polishing to stand out from the pack.