This stunning quintet serves up wry, meaningful songs that are both musically and lyrically inventive. Toying with the same type of over-the-top pop and good-time Country sounds of Jeff Tweedy's Wilco, Just Desserts bring in a besotted musicality a la Tom Waits or Paul Westerberg. Despite these apparent influences, they are a unique band whose brand of rock can be sloppy -- barely held together except by a strong lyric and some strange inner fortitude from the band members (one of them a cool sax player). This musical chaos aside, the band can also be tight and punchy, with song styles ranging from waltzes to straight-ahead blues rockers. Lyrically, they delve into politics both personal and public: for the latter, check out the Marxist "Class War" (I think the lamented leftist Killdozer have some kindred brethren in NYC). As for matters personal, one need look no further than songs "Save You From Yourself" and "Alcohol," or this lyric from "Famous Feelings": "Just 'cause you're a face in the crowd / Don't mean you don't have a spot / in somebody's heart."