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The Guru seem to be a group of reasonably adorable Watertown kids who produce spunky garage rock in the vein of other Boston favorites like Krill and Pile. The Guru’s brand of experimental indie rock tends towards the sunnier side, with sweet love lyrics and winsome guitar riffs. The album’s best songs, though, are its darker ones — “Some Things Die,” far and away the best track on the album, is sing-along-able and sad. “The Parrot,” the record’s final song, is next best, but these two very good tracks seem to illuminate the lack of interest in the other twelve. The Guru’s Pretty Things is inoffensive and often charming, if a little similar to a host of other Boston-area bands.