michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — TEDDYBEARS

In album review on 06/21/2011 at 10:47 am

Teddybears

Devil’s Music

(Big Beat)

Falling somewhere between Mark Ronson’s clubby cornucopia and LMFAO’s morning-after regret, the Swedish group Teddybears throw a whole mess of sounds onto their second album. Armed with an arsenal of synths and kinda-famous guest stars (including B.o.B., and Cee Lo Green), they zip around genres, noises, and styles, never settling into anything long enough on Devil’s Music to give you a clear idea what they’re all about. They like electro-pop; they also seem to have a thing for hazy psychedelia and big drum beats. And they’re way into future shock. Eve gets all funky-robot on “Rocket Science,” and they drift through the cosmos on the space-bubbly “Glow in the Dark.” Best are the trippy “Crystal Meth Christians” (with the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne) and “Cardiac Arrest” (with Robyn), where the stars really do shine.

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