In the late ‘80s, Boston’s indie pop outfit Big Dipper could have been the next big thing. Their 1987 achievement, Heavens, had delectable power pop/jangle pop pieces. Despite hook-filled, slightly off-kilter material akin to OK Go and the Go-Betweens, the band split in 1992. Things have come full circle. Big Dipper reunited after a 2008 greatest hits collection, took their time, and in late 2012 issued the quirky Big Dipper Crashes on the Platinum Planet, which melds Weezer-like energy with Fountains of Wayne’s cerebral lyrical quality. Standouts include imaginary, oddball character sketches such as the parable-rich “Lord Scrumptious” and crunchy “Hurricane Bill,” a sharply-incised metaphor about a turbulent relationship. Guitar-pop track “Princess Warrior” also seems like another song to a free spirit but is actually an earnest ode to a cancer survivor. Music geeks will delight in other tunes, most notably the British Invasion-inclined “Robert Pollard,” which nods to cult artists Guided by Voices.

Grade: B+