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The Evans brothers may be the only remaining original members of Poole on their third effort, Among Whom We Shine, but this Burke, Va.-born combo’s power pop hasn’t really changed much. Poole has always been band founder and main songwriter-vocalist Harry Evans’ baby, and for Harry (pictured, upper left), falsetto harmonies, buzzing New Wave guitars, and lyrics about making relationships work have never gone out of style. This approach doesn’t always succeed here. Harry is occasionally lazy, writing melodically textured, same-tempoed songs that sadly lack hooky choruses. But on the Elvis Costello-influenced “Make It Right,” the bouncy “Sole Operator,” and the chocolate bar rush of the frenetic title cut, Harry & Co. make clear that when written and performed well, their exuberant brand of songcraft is timeless. Smart Bomb and Power Lloyd open Poole’s CD release party at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $6. (202) 667-7960. (Steve Kiviat)