Something for Everybody

Something for Everybody

by Devo
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Something for Everybody

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2010
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624966814
catalogNumber: 523975

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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Something for Everybody 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
OldMusicMan More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago