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With a big ‘Hello,’ Karmin pops in

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By Luke O’Neil
Globe Correspondent / May 8, 2012
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Debuting a pop act with a hit cover song has long been a reliable business model, but there’s an inherent problem in that it sets the bar artificially high for its own follow-up originals. “Original” is a loaded word when it comes to Karmin, however. The Berklee College of Music-born cutesy, “swag-pop” duo’s brilliant cover of Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” was a tough act to follow. On its official debut, Karmin sidesteps creative expectations by simply sounding like every other pop act going.

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