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Devil's Music
     

Devil's Music

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by Teddybears
 
It took Stockholm-based party mongers Teddybears a while to follow up their 2006 U.S. debut, Soft Machine -- itself a hodge-podge of reworked tracks from the group's earlier, punkier efforts -- with the similarly styled Devil's Music, which was issued in Europe in 2010 and appeared stateside a year later in remixed and

Overview

It took Stockholm-based party mongers Teddybears a while to follow up their 2006 U.S. debut, Soft Machine -- itself a hodge-podge of reworked tracks from the group's earlier, punkier efforts -- with the similarly styled Devil's Music, which was issued in Europe in 2010 and appeared stateside a year later in remixed and slightly reshuffled form. But they hadn't entirely been silent during the intervening years: Joakim Åhlund was active with his '60s-inspired garage rock/power-pop outfit Caesars, while his brother, Klas, maintained a busy schedule of songwriting and production work for major-league pop artists like Kesha, Sugababes, and, most frequently and notably, Robyn. Both brothers' extracurricular ventures are relevant reference points for the Teddybears' sound, an unabashedly sugary mixture of rock & roll and fizzy electronic dance-pop centered around big, crunchy guitars, equally big, crunchy synthesizers, bluntly energetic beats, and a healthy smattering of hip-hop, reggae, punk, and techno. Both ridiculously stylistically diverse and surprisingly distinctive and cohesive in all its gleeful dumbness, Teddybears' music frequently recalls the hard-partying eclecticism and shameless hookiness of late-'90s, big beat electronica. Very much like its predecessor, Devil's Music derives most of its noteworthiness and novelty (and arguably, for better or worse, much of its musical interest) from an impressive, sometimes head-scratching roster of guest vocalists drawn from pop, rock, rap, and reggae. Most acquit themselves perfectly well: the long-largely-dormant Eve kicks things off (after a vocoded bit of Charles Bukowski nonsense) on an appropriately goofy and swaggering tip with the ironically titled "Rocket Science," declaring "I am the robot Elvis rockin' my bionic pelvis," while the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne contributes a characteristically appealing turn on the gently trippy "Crystal Meth Christians." But a few of the most promising collaborations fall a bit flat. Robyn's appearance on chugging electro-pop nugget "Cardiac Arrest" is fun enough but fairly rote (blame it on the material, which isn't long on melody or personality), and "Cho Cha," featuring both Cee-Lo and the B-52's (!!) feels like a truly wasted opportunity; an odd, rather forced '50s/'80s-pastiche with unfunny zero-entendre lyrics about a cat (hmmm), and, inexplicably, Fred Schneider only gets to sing about half a stanza. Still, the inevitable self-recycling aside (see "Get Fresh with You," which re-does "Louie Louie" via Caesars' wonder hit "Jerk It Out"; it's shocking that there's not a more blatant "Cobrastyle" re-tread here) the Åhlunds have proven themselves time and again as ham-fisted masters of ear-wormy, marketing-friendly pure pop confections (the delightfully dippy B.o.B. feature "Get Mama a House" has already been used to sell Swedish real estate), and it's hard to complain too much about another cheap and dirty dozen of their trademark trashy trifles.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2011
Label:
Big Beat / Wea
UPC:
0075678827341
catalogNumber:
527035

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teddybears   Primary Artist,Vocals
B-52s   Vocals
Rigo   Vocals
Eve   Vocals
Desmond Foster   Vocals
David Nyström   Keyboards,Vibes
ADL   Vocals
Nino Keller   Drums
Christian Olsson   Keyboards
Kleerup   Drums
Emil Nilsson   Keyboards
Matte Franzén   Organ

Technical Credits

Red Fox   Composer
Damon Locks   Cover Design
Janne Hansson   Engineer
Joakim Åhlund   Composer
Klas Åhlund   Composer
Michelle Piza   Package Manager
Herman Söderström   Engineer
Julian Bunetta   Vocal Producer
Teddybears   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Patrik Arve   Composer
Graham Marsh   Engineer
Seb Roc   Engineer

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Devil's Music 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
“Devil’s Music” by the Teddy Bears continues their creative saga with strong music collaborations. “Get Mama A House” (featuring B.O.B),”Get Fresh With You” (featuring Laza Morgan) and “Cho Cha” (featuring Ceelo Green and the B52’s) are among some of the catchy tunes included on the cd. “Devil’s Music” is best for those who like musical blends of electronica, pop, dubstep, and dance music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago