D-D-Don't Stop the Beat
our score: 4.5 out of 5.0
been paying attention to MTV2 or any of the buzz on the latest
music videos couldn't miss the debut video from Junior Senior.
Featuring mid-80's style CGI animation from Shynola (yes, the
same people behind Radiohead's CGI "Pyramid Song" video)
as the backdrop for their giddy little electro-new wave dance
track, "Move Your Feet," it's one of the more entertaining
song and video combinations in quite some time... not to mention
that the song is catchy as hell.
you're probably all wondering what the rest of the disc is like
(unless you've been smart and bold enough to pick it up already).
And if you're looking for repetition of the electro-dance kitsch
mastery of "Move Your Feet" you'll probably be disappointed.
Not that D-D-Don't
Stop the Beat is a bad album, hit singles aside - in fact,
it's likely to be this year's big party album. However, it should
be noted that nothing here falls into the same sonic vein as "Move
Your Feet." In fact, nothing here really falls into the same
vein as anything else on the album. Rather, what this Danish duo
has done is create a happy-go-lucky collection of surf-rock, new
wave, garage rock, and electronic party masterpieces.
From the album's
leading self-congratulating new wave pseudo-anthem, aptly titled
"Junior Senior" ("Go Junior / Go Senior / Go Junior
Junior Senior!") to the early-Stones sound of "Boy Meets
Girl" to the 60's surf-rock freakout of "Rhythm Bandits"
and the B-52's-meet-Happy Mondays "Shake Your Coconuts"
no genre is left untouched... so long as it's a fun genre, that
D-D-Don't Stop the Beat isn't going to win any awards,
but then again Junior Senior obviously haven't set out to. Most
everything here revolves around being "rhythm bandits"
and boys and girls shaking their coconuts "until the milk
comes out." It's about as gooey and self-indulgently sweet
as a box of melty chocolate... which is exactly
what a damned good party disc is supposed to be.
liked D-D-Don't Stop the Beat...
Go Junior Go Senior
2. Rhythm Bandits
3. Move Your Feet
4. Chicks And Dicks
5. Shake Your Coconuts
6. Boy Meets Girl
8. Good Girl, Bad Boy
9. Shake Me Baby
11. White Trash
12. Coconuts (Movie edit)
13. Move Your Feet (Live)