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
"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
"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.
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