If you liked Soft Machine and you've wondered whether the Teddybears could put out another LP's worth of tunes - then ponder no more, click add to cart. If you're new to the Teddybears, read on.
Originally Teddybears STHLM (a grindcore/punk band), Teddybears' first album (and American release) "Soft Machine" was a reworked compilation of their 3rd and 4th albums with their "new" sound. I too wondered if they could do it again as Soft Machine was a bit of a cheat. Have no fear! It took almost 5 years but it was worth it.
The bigger than life sound is back. Reverberating keyboards that sound like they could take down the power grid. Drumming to demolish buildings by. Searing, crunchy guitars. And all rolled up in a danceable, joyous, twisted combination of Krautrock, Proto-punk, techno, hip-hop and Dancehall with a pinch of Raggae/Ska and just good old fashioned Rock and Roll.
Sounds simply awful, doesn't it?
If it wasn't so bodacious, so terminally happy, so utterly stupid and they weren't just having so much fun doing it - it very well could stink. But these guys pull it off 90% of the time. What improves this bizarre mishmash of catchy hooks and infectious beats is an incredibly diverse celebrity cast on nearly every song. But, how can you have such a fizzy musical cocktail and not keep switching vocalists? From odes about purchasing real estate, love songs to felines or a number about the evils of rock and roll (to a Bo Diddley beat) these guys will have your your "Musical Jones" covered.
Okay, as I mentioned it doesn't work 100% of the time, but for the most part this album is a juggernaut that doesn't let up for a moment, and even the iffy parts (if there are any) are quickly forgotten as the next song kicks into gear. I expect this will be as universally panned as the previous effort, but strangely Soft Machine seemed to find its way on to at least 3 TV ads as far as I know. Devil's Music will be no different.
5 Amazon Stars (I love it), 4 "critic" stars (very good), and 4 stars for sound quality (loudness wars still, but a clean non-compressed mix overall).