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Friday, April 17th 2009, 4:00 AM

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Meet the bad Tinted Windows.


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There's no generation gap in the world of power pop.

Proof can be found on the harmonious debut from Tinted Windows, an old-fashioned "supergroup," that draws from three age groups.

We've got a middle-ager from the '70s (Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick), two grownups from the '90s (Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha) and one teen idol from the last decade (Hanson's lead cutie, Taylor).

Together they've created the snappiest neo-bubble- gum album since Hanson's major-label debut in the '90s.

In fact, the many fans who've been waiting patiently for those three former moppets to fashion their true followup to "MMMbop" will finally find it here.

"Tinted Windows" - which hits stores Tuesday - has the adenoidal zip of the great teen-pop songs of the '60s (à la "Sugar Sugar"), sans the snarky flashbacks endemic to most modern attempts.

The group's new song "Cha Cha" sounds like something Roy Wood might have written as the Move's followup to "Do Ya."

"Kind of a Girl" could have been recorded by Raspberries, while "Take Me Back" has a Badfinger feel.

You'll hear just a hint of Smashing Pumpkins in Iha's beaming guitar riff for "Dead Serious." That Chicago band turns out to be the genetic loser in Windows' DNA, which is all for the good.

The best thing about Tinted Windows' debut is that it could just as easily have been released in 1973 as now.

Given the pitched yearning in Taylor Hanson's voice, and the pure hummability of the melodies he sings, it may sound as fresh in 2023 as well.

Tinted Windows play Mercury Lounge Monday night. jfarber@nydailynews.com