Better than Vivian Girls, and Partyline preceded them by at least a couple years. The girls in Partyline sound as if they enjoy music, playing music, listening to music, making music, as opposed to the dour fuck-offish attitude projected by Vivian Girls. I like love songs played with pace and feeling, and X-Hearts is nothing if not a quick burst of feeling. Honest declarations! No messing around. Instead of coy texts, it’s all eye contact and earnestness, which is nice every once in a while. Conversation. Mispronunciation. Clumsiness. Funny faces.