LMFAO: Sorry For Party Rocking

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Posted August 16, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in Reviews 1.0
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On sophomore album, LMFAO doesn’t get the last laugh

Like a non-stop dance soundtrack, LMFAO’s debut sophomore album falls somewhere between Mike Posner and the Black Eyed Peas. They aren’t total rip-offs of the aforementioned, although the L.A. duo’s futuristic synth electronica and trance-like Autotune feels more suited for Xbox video games like Geometry Wars. The summer smash “Party Rock Anthem” is definitely the super glue that holds the album together. There’s no mistaken that the Black Eyed Peas has been singled out finally by a pair of Berry Gordy descendants with more talent than Rockwell. It has the feel good buzz of “I Gotta Feeling” and the booty-poppin’ silliness of “Boom Boom Pow,” even as the boys take turns spitting out rhymes that mimics the rebelling youthfulness of early Beastie Boys.

The entire ten track odyssey surrounds LFAMO’s comic book universe of 24-hour partying, unapologetic Jerry Springer fun. But like a bad hangover, the galactic Milky Way sounds and pouncing beats seem to bring on the migraines and some of the melodies (i.e. “Sorry For Party Rocking”) start to crumble at the seams. After a while, you start to pray ‘when will this ride come to an end?’ Some songs are better than others: “With You” feels like a worthy house-disco mix; “Take It To The Hole,” with Busta Rhymes guesting, inserts ‘90’s Miami bass coolness into a never-ending sample of Pac-Man on the run and the Auto-tuned “One Day” puts inches away from Enrique Iglesias dance-pop. If taken in moderation, the fun will be there. When overdosed, be prepared to hurl up everything you swallowed last night.

J MATTHEW COBB

 

HIFI DETAILS

  • Release Date: 21 June 2011
  • Label: Interscope
  • Producers: Redfoo, GoonRock, Audiobot, will.i.am, Calvin Harris, Rami Afuni
  • Spin This: “Party Rock Anthem,” “With You,” “Take It To The Hole”

About the Author

J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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