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Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, It’s A Corporate World
Quite Scientific/Warner Brothers Records, June 7

06/02/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



This latest peer-pressure music choice for 20somethings comes from Detroit, but they could be based out of Fargo for all you care; it’s the frail vocals, glitch and plodding echoes of hip-hop that matters at this 15-minute interval. I like DEJJ myself well enough, but only because I’ve been subjected over the last few years to way too much of the stuff that was the creaky foundation for this album, all that awful neo-scenester emperor-with-no-clothes stuff from out of the Bowery Ballroom, melody-phobic alt-rock that sucked because it’s supposed to.  This generation really seems to think it doesn’t deserve squat at times, which is sad, even if being as psychically broke as your jobless bank accounts does make you kids adorable in a way. Anyway here, have some Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, in a nutshell a hip-hop-jacked Radiohead infused with so much ennui it makes Pavement look like the Ramones, the vocals a flux of Wilco karaoke and nu-rave falsetto. The twist is that the songs, though not structured to form climactic moments in any way, are good. Outright Vampire Weekend on “Vocal Chords,” Point-era Nilsson on “Simple Girl,” some circuit-bending whack-a-moles here and there.  I listened to this about 50 times, hoping to reach the same karmic supernova that the litotes-spewing insects at rags like Nylon will pretend to have experienced in bizarre transcendence of their eternal boredom, but I must confess I did not, though it was close. A-

— Eric W. Saeger






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