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Teddybears, Devil’s Music
Big Beat/Atlantic Records, July 5

07/07/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Their tunes popped up on TV shows (Bionic Woman), movies (closing credits of Employee of the Month) and commercials (at this writing I’m still trying to think of one non-example), all cobbled in their trademark MO, pairing up varying-genre, cutesy beats with too-hip singers. As with 2006’s Soft Machine, this record is one no-brainer slam-dunk after another, again kicking off with a short intro, then moving into… wait a second, why am I sounding like I just started writing CD reviews last week, just stop. Great stuff here: B.o.B. adding his pop-rapping to the street-cruising “Get Mama a House,” Cee Lo and B-52s collaborating on the Outkast-ish “Cho Cha,” and (in the what-the-hell slot occupied on Soft Machine by Iggy Pop) Flaming Lips guesting on the deep-psychedelic “Crystal Meth Christian.” This isn’t as perfect as Soft Machine (Robyn gets assigned the weak “Cardiac Arrest,” and Eve does a chintzy Lil Kim imitation on “Rocket Science”), but whatever, be prepared to have Madison Avenue and all the guys in the movie studios’ soundtrack departments hanging all over this record like cheap suits. A —Eric W. Saege





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