White Lung used to be a punk-rock band that embraced all the things associated with punk rock: shouty vocals, abrasive guitars, short songs, etc. But on its new Domino Records album Paradise, the Los Angeles-via-Vancouver band embraces a pop sensibility it had only hinted at previously.

White Lung used to be a punk-rock band that embraced all the things associated with punk rock: shouty vocals, abrasive guitars, short songs, etc. But on its new Domino Records album Paradise, the Los Angeles-via-Vancouver band embraces a pop sensibility it had only hinted at previously. The guitars are still plenty distorted and up front in the mix, and the songs are still succinct, but singer Mish Barber-Way took singing lessons before recording, and it shows in her expanded vocal range and overall confidence as the frontwoman lays down hook after hook on Paradise.

Producer (and Mars Volta member) Lars Stalfors also gave the record a crisp-but-not-too-slick sheen that allows guitarist Kenneth William's metallic shredding to shine. But it's Barber-Way who rightly takes center stage. "They say I split my pride in two when I became a bride for you / But what do they know?" she sings on "Kiss Me When I Bleed," boldly defending her choice to make the leap from single life to marriage.

Make no mistake: White Lung is more accessible than ever, but it's still a punk-rock band. (Safe bet)