The third full-length by Olympia, WA's Lois Maffeo finds the singer-songwriter with a new pair of musical partners, Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty on guitar and ex-Tiger Trap drummer Heather Dunn, but otherwise continuing the low-key, but never lo-fi, acoustic twee pop of the earlier Butterfly Kiss and Strumpet. The difference this time is that Maffeo's songwriting is sharper, with better melodies and cleverer lyrics. The opening "Charles Atlas," a witty recasting of the wimp-turned-macho man ads from the comic books, is one of Maffeo's best songs, with a memorable hook and sing-along chorus. The other nine songs on this brief (under 30 minutes) album benefit from Maffeo's more self-assured vocals, which don't have the half-baked, flyaway quality that occasionally marred Lois' earlier records; songs like "Transatlantic Telephone Call" and the dreamy "Wrestling an Angel" sound more like the Pretenders or Joni Mitchell than Young Marble Giants or the Softies. Some of the other tracks sound a bit more alike than they were probably meant to, but Bet the Sky shows that indie pop can exhibit a modicum of skill and sophistication yet still be twee.