Label: Metropolis Records, 2011
Genre: Alternative Rock, Dance-Punk
Pros: Great production, Funky, yet fun, very entertaining. Sounds like what you’d expect from Electric Six!
Cons: Sounds like what you’d expect from Electric Six!
Verdict: Buy, if you’re a E6 fan you’ll love it as much as previous albums, if you’re new to the group, then you’re in for a wild ride! Dick Valentine is the shizz… Enjoy!
Review: Have you ever heard a band or a song for the first time and thought, “WTF just happened?” Yeah, me too, that’s how I felt the first time I listened to Electric Six! The band that brought you such memorable hits as; “Gay Bar” and “Danger High Voltage!” are back with their eighth straight album release “Heartbeats and Brainwaves.” That isn’t a typo, I do mean eight straight, as in EIGHT albums in EIGHT years! It says a lot a band when you can put out eight years’ worth of well-produced, well written, very entertaining songs. So the question comes up, “T are you amped to hear the new E6 album?” and I reply, “Shh… yeah, what do you think!” See new music releases are like Christmas to me. You know how when you’re a kid, you’re all jazzed and hyped cause it’s Christmas and you see some big ass presents under the tree with your name on it? Well when I look under my musical Christmas tree and see a box marked “E6″ I think, parents… I mean Santa (wink wink) You f’n rock!
What happens when you mix elements of disco, pop, rock, and garage into a music blender? Answer: you come up with a magical fusion of comedy and funk that taste like awesome… and strawberry and bananas, but mostly awesome! With “Heartbeats and Brainwaves,” the band shows off so much diversity from albums past, but they don’t get ahead of themselves and try and reinvent the wheel either! All the elements that make up a great E6 album are still there; strong, tongue and cheek lyrics, that funky, yet electronic sound. But the best thing is there are no repeat offenders; you know songs that sound like other songs from previous albums past! One of E6′s strongest characteristics is their diversity and it shows throughout the album. They start the album off with “Psychic Visions” which has a mellow, goth rock feel to it, but business picks up quickly elevating into a sci fi themed dance party with the tracks “French Bacon” and “Gridlock!” There are so many great tracks on this album, so I’ll just name three that I personally like; “Free Samples,” “I Go Through Phases,” and the title track “Heartbeats and Brainwaves.” Just the beats alone on “I Go Through Phases” and “H&B” rock you to the core!
I love the mix of hard synths and heavy guitar work throughout the album. “Heartbeats and Brainwaves” can be best described as an intergalactic dance party, with its electronic rock sound and R&B/disco feel. If you’re new to the band, then you won’t feel out of the loop by starting with this one, but I do urge you to give their previous albums a listen. For the avid E6 fan, this is a must have for your collection. It’s not too far along from “Zodiac,” and their most disco sounding album since “Fire.” Let the sound engulf you and have fun rocking out to this one folks!
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