Since 2005's Dimmer, The Zincs have proven to be quite the shape-shifters. Moving from a spacious acoustic sound into darker, more unsettling power-pop, The Zincs sound like the bastard children of Joy Division and a loungier Pulp. All comparisons aside, Black Pompadour finds strength in intricate guitar work that shifts from classic-rock riffs to swelling surf leads. But given the album's instrumental dynamics, James Elkington's semi-monotone vocals don't always match up with the songs. Regardless, The Zincs possess the fire of '80s-era Rough Trade stars, worthy of much more than a passing glance.