My Machine

My Machine

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by Princess Superstar
     
 

Is the self-appointed dancefloor queen Princess Superstar stylish, cynical, and a deliciously empty kind of ironic, or just plain old cloying? Her hardcore fans -- who pride themselves on knowing as much about Fendi as they do Freud -- made their mind up long ago and voted "brilliant," "Goddess," and "diva." My Machine is their wet dream, a nearly 80-minuteSee more details below

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Is the self-appointed dancefloor queen Princess Superstar stylish, cynical, and a deliciously empty kind of ironic, or just plain old cloying? Her hardcore fans -- who pride themselves on knowing as much about Fendi as they do Freud -- made their mind up long ago and voted "brilliant," "Goddess," and "diva." My Machine is their wet dream, a nearly 80-minute concept album about 10,000 Princess Superstar clones -- or "Duplicants" -- dominating earth in the year 2080. They are eventually defeated and the whole world learns it's better off without fervent celebrity worship and that one Princess Superstar is enough. Going where Genesis, Pink Floyd, and the other concept album greats wouldn't, My Machine takes wild detours into the heroine's battle with smoking addiction ("Quitting Smoking Song"), hangs with the sassy "Bad Girls N.Y.C.," and goes downstairs for the femdom anthem "Coochie Coo." The usual scandalous and fun lyrics from the Superstar and her thin but singsongy, playground-catchy melodies are in effect, but this time there's a revolving door of famous dance producers. Jacques Lu Cont, Junior Sanchez, and Armand Van Helden all lend a hand with quirkier than usual takes on their signature sounds while legend Arthur Baker oversees the whole thing. There's plenty of bubbly, sassy, supposedly edgy pop to savor, but the numerous interludes are often knotty bridges that heap a whole lot of ironic storytelling over tuneless note-spinning and sound effect noodling. Buy into the saucy story and it works much better, and to paraphrase the revolutionary Duplicant on "The Death of the Superstar," Superstar is ahead of her time, some of the time. Long stretches between the smirking party jams and the moments of wry brilliance will try the patience of those who don't passionately buy into her "dumb is the new smart" attitude, but Superstar in excess is pithy instead of ponderous to a graduate-level club kid. Freshmen should start with her much more direct Princess Superstar Is before attacking this unwieldy epic.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
K7
UPC:
0730003718526
catalogNumber:
185
Rank:
234870

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Tracks

  1. Intro Via the Telepath  - Princess Superstar
  2. I Like It a Lot  - Princess Superstar
  3. The Classroom  - Princess Superstar
  4. Famous  - Princess Superstar
  5. Dolly's Duplicants  - Princess Superstar
  6. On Top Bubble  - Princess Superstar
  7. The Mysterious Hanger  - Princess Superstar
  8. Bad Girls N.Y.C.  - Princess Superstar
  9. 10,000 Hits  - Princess Superstar
  10. Quitting Smoking Song  - Princess Superstar
  11. Sex, Drugs & Drugs  - Princess Superstar
  12. Initially  - Princess Superstar
  13. I'm So Out of Control  - Princess Superstar
  14. Coochie Coo  - Princess Superstar
  15. World Council Entertainment Dicktatorship  - Princess Superstar
  16. Perfect  - Princess Superstar
  17. What Do You Want?  - Princess Superstar
  18. Push, Make It Work  - Princess Superstar
  19. What You Gonna Do?  - Princess Superstar
  20. My Machine  - Princess Superstar
  21. The Death of the Superstar  - Princess Superstar
  22. Artery  - Princess Superstar
  23. The Great Brain Revolution  - Princess Superstar
  24. The Happy  - Princess Superstar
  25. The End  - Princess Superstar

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Princess Superstar   Primary Artist
Arthur Baker   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Johnny Toobad   Percussion,scratching,Drums
Yana Johnson   Choir, Chorus,Voiceover
MC 7Even   Announcer
Alexander Technique   Drums

Technical Credits

Arthur Baker   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Todd Terry   Producer
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Roger Grasset   Producer
Johnny Toobad   Producer,Engineer
John Turnbull   Composer
Armand Van Helden   Producer
Boris Dlugosch   Producer
Jacques Lu Cont   Producer
A. Baker   Composer
Michi Lange   Producer
Junior Sanchez   Producer
Eric Dinyer   Photo Illustration
Concetta Kirschner   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Chris Rubix   Producer
Eddie Cooper   Producer
Ryan Dye   Personal Assistant
Malito "Maleet"   Producer
Nick Peate   Personal Assistant
Penny Petridis   Personal Assistant
Aimee Phillips   Personal Assistant
Sasha Shor   Art Direction
Alexander Technique   Producer
Bryan Black   Producer

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