Bodyrockers

Bodyrockers

by Bodyrockers
     
 
For better or worse, Bodyrockers are the dance-rock equivalent of Jet: more savvy than original, they know how to use time-tested hooks and a dumbed-down mix of influences (in this case, Daft Punk and Primal Scream) to make music that gets the job done, even if

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For better or worse, Bodyrockers are the dance-rock equivalent of Jet: more savvy than original, they know how to use time-tested hooks and a dumbed-down mix of influences (in this case, Daft Punk and Primal Scream) to make music that gets the job done, even if it doesn't aim too high. At its best, Bodyrockers delivers an undeniable if somewhat guilty pop thrill, and as skin-thin as the music is, the duo is committed to it. On the single "I Like the Way," Dylan Burns snarls and sighs sweet nothings like "I like the way you daaaance" like he has everything invested in them. While nothing else on Bodyrockers clicks quite the way "I Like the Way" does, occasionally the album's collision of infectiously stupid hooks and clichéd lyrics reaches almost-inspired heights. "Round and Round"'s robotic guitar riff channel's ZZ Top's Eliminator, while "Keep Your Boots On" sounds like the next mutation of the Rolling Stones' "Rocks Off" and Primal Scream's "Rocks" (meanwhile, lyrics like "She was 17/I was on my knees/She was the best-looking woman that I've ever seen" trace over AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long"). Likewise, the instrumental "For One Night Only" is a Frankenstein of reanimated, stitched-together rock and electro. However, Bodyrockers fall short on this album not because they repeat what other bands have done before them, but because they repeat themselves too much. Songs like "You Got Me Singing" and "Dirty" are so tightly constructed that they sound like glorified loops, and the raging id of lyrics such as "New York City Girl"'s "Seen it/Done it/Need it/Love it" and "I Wanna Live"'s "Live! Feel! Love!" begins to ring a little hollow. True to form, they close the album with a piano-driven ballad, "Stuck in a Rut," lamenting the emptiness of the lifestyle they celebrated during the album's other 11 tracks. At its best, Bodyrockers' emptiness makes it a catchy backdrop for commercials, soundtracks, and other enjoyably superficial (and superficially enjoyable) situations.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602498718032
catalogNumber:
000504102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bodyrockers   Primary Artist
James Reynolds   Keyboards
Paul Turner   Timpani
Dylan Burns   Vocals
Yvonne John Lewis   Background Vocals
Peter Willmott   Double Bass
Karl Brazil   Drums
James Reynolds   Keyboards
Krysten Cummings   Background Vocals
Kaz James   Vocals
Joanna Wesling   Violin,Viola
Mike Keat   Spoken Word
Dave Wesling   Cello
Peter Willmot   Double Bass
Dave Mian   Trumpet

Technical Credits

John Cale   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Maureen Tucker   Composer
Sterling Morrison   Composer
Gary Wilkinson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Dylan Burns   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Mike Cave   Engineer
Bodyrockers   Audio Production
James Reynolds   Composer
Kaz James   Composer

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