Okay, so I'm just going to have to say it: Damn, white boys got soul!
Seriously, I don't know how these guys did this, but they are awesome.
It is the complete lack of boundaries that make Paranoid Social
Club so appealing; nothing is sacred as, musically, everything
is game. Rock, you got it; funk, its there; rap, you know it; dance,
some to spare. It is this amalgamation across the album that kicks
it beyond mere records into its own private universe and makes it
an instant classic. If I had to compare them to someone, the closest
I could say would be Jamiroquai, although I am probably just
set on how the lead singer sounds like him.
Another win for this band is the deft line they walk; being musically
proficient, yet providing tongue-in-cheek witticism that nails the
mood without ruining the vibe. Every song is a potential single that
should be played on every college radio station across the country,
something for everyone. "Wasted" and "Headphones"
being my particular favorites, although I also loved the twist to
the love song genre presented in "Two Girls", as an upbeat
song that shows the lyrical charm of the songwriter. Production is
key to making this three-piece sound a lot bigger, and the keyboards
in particular distinguish the feel between individual tracks - such
that no two songs hit the same sound, making things interesting as
the record progress, never boring.
A must have party album, these guys simply create an intelligent,
accessible, free-form record that no one else will ever come close
to matching. A nonchalant, all-over-the-place action.
1) The Cable Hookup
2) Two Girls
5) Rhythm Is
8) Save Me
11) Music Man
12) She Gets Me High
13) Theme Song
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