This Gigantic Robot Kills

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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
MC Lars is up to his usual tricks on full-length album number three, This Gigantic Robot Kills, a caffeine-addled mix of pop-punk, laptop rap, and smart aleck, tongue-in-cheek observation on everything from Brooklyn hipster girls and the green movement to Guitar Hero and the metric system. The title is borrowed from the late Wesley Willis, apparently a fan of Lars' past work (as the included sound bite testifies), who passed away before being able to use the name himself. They're some of his catchiest songs yet, though, and anyone who figured Lars' shtick would be burnt out by now should probably rethink their stance. It's the type of fun that's stupid in a smart way, a geek...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Corey Apar
MC Lars is up to his usual tricks on full-length album number three, This Gigantic Robot Kills, a caffeine-addled mix of pop-punk, laptop rap, and smart aleck, tongue-in-cheek observation on everything from Brooklyn hipster girls and the green movement to Guitar Hero and the metric system. The title is borrowed from the late Wesley Willis, apparently a fan of Lars' past work (as the included sound bite testifies), who passed away before being able to use the name himself. They're some of his catchiest songs yet, though, and anyone who figured Lars' shtick would be burnt out by now should probably rethink their stance. It's the type of fun that's stupid in a smart way, a geek badge worn with pride next to true respect for every influence that's being thrown together to create genuinely infectious tracks. These disparate influences are evident right away, yet never feel strained, from the victorious opening rap of "True Player for Real," his "self-referential introduction song," that boasts a love for Grandmaster Flash and Run-D.M.C., to the horn-rific title cut that details a gigantic robot taking out Orange County starlets in order to bring back the area's glory days of the '90s' third wave ska revival. As always, you've got to be up on post-millennial pop culture and fads to make sense of every phrase. But tucked in between uber-catchy melodies and burrow-in-your-head beats, there's luckily still plenty to enjoy outside of the smarmy lyrical jabs. It says something about MC Lars' skills, and ensures that This Gigantic Robot Kills rises above being just a set of rap-along tunes for those in the know.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Oglio Records
  • UPC: 643397100320
  • Catalog Number: 71003
  • Sales rank: 88,984

Album Credits

Performance Credits
MC Lars Primary Artist
Mike Russo Guitar
Paul Gilbert Guitar
Jonathan Coulton Vocals
DJ Quest scratching
Parry Gripp Vocals
Gabe Saporta Vocals
Pierre Bouvier Vocals
Sebastien Lefebvre Vocals
Brandon Arnovick Guitar, Vocals
James Bourne Keyboards
Matt Whalen Drums
Bob Remstein Piano
Jesse Dangerously Vocals
Chris Ayer Dialogue
Amie Miriello Vocals
Liz Brown Vocals
Pat Wood Dialogue
K. Flay Synthesizer, Vocals
Technical Credits
Jello Biafra Author
Mike Russo Guitar Engineer
Paul Gilbert Composer
Steve Connolly Composer
Jonathan Coulton Composer, Vocal Engineer
Brendan Brown Composer
Stephen Marsh Mastering
Pierre Bouvier Composer, Engineer
Sebastien Lefebvre Engineer
Mike Sapone Producer, Engineer
Philip A. Jimenez Composer
James Bourne Composer
MC Lars Composer
Rondo Brothers Composer
Alex Bush Engineer
Suburban Legends Composer
The Former Fat Boys Composer
Jesse Dangerously Composer, Vocal Engineer
Daniel Dart Composer, Producer, Engineer
Nick Conceller Composer, Programming
Joe Ragosta Arranger, Composer
MC Frontalot Composer
YTCracker Composer
The Keyboard Choir Composer
K. Flay drum programming
Linus of Hollywood Composer
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