One of the big selling points behind the new album by Youth Group, the Aussie answer to Death Cab for Cutie, is the fact that it showcases an OC-featured cover of Alphaville's cult hit Forever Young. While the plaintive anthem doubtless triggered fits of emo weeping during the scene it scored, Youth Group's version epitomizes the chief problem with Casino Twilight Dogs: when you add more white to a super-pastel shade, you wind up with a drab, colourless cipher. The follow-up to the group's promising Skeleton Jar edits out the interesting bits - dour melodies, dynamic range, rough edges - and replaces them with safe tear-jerking tropes. It's all soaring, boring hooks, ringing guitars cribbed from the last two decades of sad bastard Britpop and wussy vocals polished to a sleek finish that makes them ideal fodder for Hollywood soundtrack supervisors. Though you could have similar gripes about Death Cab's major-label debut, Plans, at least Ben Gibbard and co. know how to write an interesting song.