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It is hard to believe that there is anything other than black metal that comes out of Norway. But electro-rock bandDatarock has proven to the world that there is more to Norway than a lot of extremely tall, bitter men. Their first album was a fantastic mix of seventies disco, eighties new wave and their own unique sound; so much so that the self-titled album become one of my favorites of 2008. And from what it looks like, I was not alone. They gained huge commercial success from being featured as the "orange nano" for Apple's fourth generation iPod campaign to being apart of the soundtrack of popular video games like NHL 08, FIFA 08 and NBA Live 08. So it goes without saying that I was extremely excited to hear that they came out with a new album, Red, in June. However the new album is not quite the same…

Yes, there is still a mix of seventies and eighties dance influences, but instead of adding their own unique spin, duo Fredrik Saroea and Ketil Mosnes have created a mix that leaves you asking for more. Red starts off with the song "The Blog" that helps remind you why they became so successful and keeps that going through the song "Dance!" However, it completely goes downhill from there and the only hope for the rest of the album is their first single, "The Pretender", which mixes the repetitive beats of disco and catchy lyrics that everyone can sing to.

Granted, no one expected to receive the same album as the first one, but Datarock could have given us a little more. This album feels rushed and not thought completely through.

Songs to check out:
"The Blog" - I love the internet and I love, love, love this song. Enough said.
"Give it Up" - Good mix of seventies beats and catchy melody.
"Dance!" - It does make me want to Dance!
"The Pretender" - I'm a believer! Good beat that gets my foot beating.

And not so much:
"Molly" - The repetitive chorus and melody makes me just hit skip.
"New Days Down" - A little too seventies lounge inspired for me. Feels like I should have some creepy guy in a jumpsuit hitting on me right about now.

-Melissa Skrbic-Huss

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