Two years ago Semisonic, a trio from Minneapolis, were transformed from indie also-rans to bona fide rock stars with the huge success of their album Feeling Strangely Fine. This follow-up contains plenty of songs in a similar vein-slick, melodic and for the most part, overwhelmingly bland. Frontman Dan Wilson is certainly capable of writing catchy tunes, but they're fatally weakened by lyrics that rarely stop to consider the alternative to a cliché. In the end it's Semisonic's very lack of pretensions that makes All About Chemistry such a dull, uninspiring album.