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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Coming in way above their previous effort, 1990's Smooth Noodle Maps, Something for Everybody is the album Devo's fans had craved for 28 long years, or maybe 29, if you fall on the sour side of the iffy Oh, No! It's Devo. The synthetic, compressed, and punchy production -- courtesy of producer and Bird & the Bee member Greg Kurstin -- is a modern take on the sound of 1981's New Traditionalists, and if you judge by hooks, this is right in line with their 1980 breakthrough, Freedom of Choice, although there's certainly no "Whip It"-sized megahit here. Instead, there's the opening "Fresh!" a herky-jerky, infectious number with lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh stuttering as...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Coming in way above their previous effort, 1990's Smooth Noodle Maps, Something for Everybody is the album Devo's fans had craved for 28 long years, or maybe 29, if you fall on the sour side of the iffy Oh, No! It's Devo. The synthetic, compressed, and punchy production -- courtesy of producer and Bird & the Bee member Greg Kurstin -- is a modern take on the sound of 1981's New Traditionalists, and if you judge by hooks, this is right in line with their 1980 breakthrough, Freedom of Choice, although there's certainly no "Whip It"-sized megahit here. Instead, there's the opening "Fresh!" a herky-jerky, infectious number with lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh stuttering as if he just created New Wave's "My Generation." The wicked highlight "Don't Shoot I'm a Man" "They'll hunt you down/And tase you bro/For playing with the rules" is the album's other key track, thanks to Mothersbaugh's perfect framing of de-evolution's give hybrid cars and take, take, take Beltway snipers, overzealous cops, etc.. Both highlights are co-produced by Santigold who, like Kurstin, checks her ego at the door, allowing the five spud boys to sound like a functioning band. The twangy guitars of Bob 1 are perfectly balanced with the synths and electronic percussion from new member Josh Freese, while Mothersbaugh's ironic downers are complemented by co-frontman Jerry Casale's more snide and silly songs, and the two attempts to re-create the sarcastic grandeur of their masterpiece "Beautiful World" -- with "Later Is Now" and "No Place Like Home" -- come pretty darn close. While some will complain that the satirical social commentary just isn't as razor-sharp, and that the wild, primal nerdiness of their first two efforts is long gone, the purposeful Something for Everybody is proudly not a nostalgia trip and is, instead, filled with age-appropriate subversion, right up to its ironic title. "Something for Veteran Fans" is more like it with "Something Surprisingly Vital" being an even better choice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2010
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624966814
  • Catalog Number: 523975
  • Sales rank: 40,197

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fresh (2:59)
  2. 2 What We Do (3:17)
  3. 3 Please Baby Please (2:41)
  4. 4 Don't Shoot (I'm a Man) (3:26)
  5. 5 Mind Games (2:30)
  6. 6 Human Rocket (3:22)
  7. 7 Sumthin' (2:46)
  8. 8 Step Up (3:00)
  9. 9 Cameo (2:49)
  10. 10 Later is Now (3:52)
  11. 11 No Place Like Home (3:18)
  12. 12 March On (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Devo Primary Artist
Mark Mothersbaugh Synthesizer, Vocals
Bob Casale Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Josh Freese Percussion, Drums
Bob Mothersbaugh Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Jerry Casale Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer Bass
Van Coppock Guitar
Technical Credits
Devo Producer
Mark Mothersbaugh Composer, Programming
Bob Casale Composer, Programming, Engineer
Gerald V. Casale Composer
Greg Kurstin Producer
John King Producer
Doug Boehm Engineer
Van Coppock Programming, Engineer
Josh Hager Programming
Andy Gould Management
Santi White Producer
Paul Hager Programming, Engineer
Mark Nishita Producer
John Hill Producer
Chris McClure Management
Andrew Clark Additional Production
Max Liederman Composer
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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    I was a somewhat/sometime Devo fan prior to hearing this. This r

    I was a somewhat/sometime Devo fan prior to hearing this. This recording
    is exciting and infectious. I've listened to it daily since buying it a
    month ago!

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