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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
It's hard to get a fix on an album that has credits from members of Le Tigre, a guy who produced Susan Boyle and Il Divo, hip-hop hitmakers Stargate, American Idol's Kara DioGuardi, the great Arthur Baker, and ubiquitous songwriter-for-hire Ryan Tedder. Throw in vocals by the French all-girl band Plastiscines and Britney collaborator Sabi, a rap by Mac Miller, and some help from the unfortunately named Brooklyn pop band Jump into the Gospel, and it would seem that Cobra Starship may have gone a bit overboard on their fourth album, Nightshades. Packing so many WTFs into one ten-song record is hardly fair, a bit reckless, and ultimately (amazingly) successful. You don't come ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
It's hard to get a fix on an album that has credits from members of Le Tigre, a guy who produced Susan Boyle and Il Divo, hip-hop hitmakers Stargate, American Idol's Kara DioGuardi, the great Arthur Baker, and ubiquitous songwriter-for-hire Ryan Tedder. Throw in vocals by the French all-girl band Plastiscines and Britney collaborator Sabi, a rap by Mac Miller, and some help from the unfortunately named Brooklyn pop band Jump into the Gospel, and it would seem that Cobra Starship may have gone a bit overboard on their fourth album, Nightshades. Packing so many WTFs into one ten-song record is hardly fair, a bit reckless, and ultimately (amazingly) successful. You don't come to a Cobra Starship record looking for artistic development or big statements, especially since Gabe Saporta started them off as a joke band and they've operated as such ever since. Not that there's anything wrong with that when they can make the joke work so well. Roping in such a weird mix of collaborators actually works in their favor, as the mix of sounds, styles, and ideas makes for a super enjoyable listen. Any album with a song that sounds like a New Order/OMD mash-up (the Baker-mixed "Anything for Love"), one that sounds like a Weezer ballad from the Green album ("You Belong to Me"), another that sounds like a snotty Bruno Mars track ("Fool Like Me"), and one that sounds like emo-Rihanna ("You Make Me Feel...") is an album that's hitting lots of pop sweet spots. There are even a few songs that sound a little bit original, like the boy/girl (the girl being the group's keytar player, Victoria Asher) dance-pop duet "Disaster Boy" and the Le Tigre co-write "Shwick," which brings a touch of credible melancholy to the party with the lyrics about not believing in stupid love songs. Ultimately you could credit the outside writers and producers for the album's success, but also save some love for the bandmembers themselves. Saporta and crew have plenty of pop smarts and savvy to go around and they bring the right amount of sweetness and silliness to the album. Nightshades is ridiculously fun and light, sure to spawn at least a couple of songs you'll want to play at ironic dance parties, summer blowouts, and maybe even over headphones when you need some (mostly) mindless cheering up. What more could you want from Pop music?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2011
  • Label: Fueled By Ramen
  • UPC: 075678826313
  • Catalog Number: 528046
  • Sales rank: 108,602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Belong To Me (4:35)
  2. 2 You Make Me Feel... - Sabi (3:37)
  3. 3 #1nite (3:39)
  4. 4 Fool Like Me - Plastiscines (3:40)
  5. 5 Anything for Love (4:11)
  6. 6 Middle Finger - Mac Miller (3:33)
  7. 7 Don't Blame the World, It's the DJ's Fault (3:37)
  8. 8 F***ed in Love (4:16)
  9. 9 Disaster Boy (3:45)
  10. 10 Shwick - Jump Into the Gospel (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cobra Starship Primary Artist
Paul Gendler Guitar
Victoria Asher Vocals, Keytar
Steve Mac Synthesizer, Keyboards
Chris Laws Drums
Gabe Saporta Vocals
Ryan Tedder Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Background Vocals
Alex Suarez Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Ryland Blackinton Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Brent Kutzle Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Drums
Nate Novarro Drums
Ina Wroldsen Background Vocals
Mica Gayle Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Arthur Baker Additional Production
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Steve Mac Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Stargate Composer, Producer
Emily Wright Engineer, Vocal Producer
Chris Laws Engineer
Danny D. Executive Producer
Johanna Fateman Composer
J.D. Samson Composer
Frank Staniszewski Composer
Ryan Tedder Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Mark Obriski Art Direction
Miles Walker Engineer
Cobra Starship Composer, Producer
Mike Yardley Logo Design
Adam Pallin Composer, Producer
Brent Kutzle Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Tim Blacksmith Executive Producer
Ari Levine Composer, Producer
Ben Liscio Engineer
Tor Erik Hermansen Instrumentation
Nate Walka Composer
Askia Fountain Composer
Smith Carlson Engineer
Dann Pursey Engineer
Ina Wroldsen Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Grant Michaels Composer, Producer
Albert Winkler Composer
Mikkel S. Eriksen Engineer, Instrumentation
Jump Into the Gospel Composer
Malcolm McCormick Composer
Kristen Roller Cover Model
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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Review of Night Shades by Cobra StarShip

    Love all the tracks on this album. The songs sound like house/dance/ska all mixed together for anyone who like up beat music. My favorite songs are "Anything for Love" and "#1nite."

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

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    "Excitement Shades"

    "Night Shades' by Cobra Starship is a very high energy dance/pop cd. "Night Shades" contains music that can be played at a party because of the exciting music contained within it. My favorite musical track on this cd is "You Make Me Feel" (featuring Sabi). The music video accompanying this cd is enjoyable to watch because it shows themes of various people smiling and having a good time at what appears to be an exciting nightclub. The selection of Sabi is well thought out and very original. This sentiment is due to the fact that I saw Sabi perform with Britney Spears this past summer at one of her concerts. They were both singing "(Drop Dead)Beautiful", and Sabi lent very good vocals to the song. "Night Shades" by Cobra Starship is great for many who enjoy their music with themes of fun and savoring the sweetness of life.

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