- Audio CD (14 Feb. 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: WEA
- ASIN: B0007M2XLK
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Electric Six return with the follow-up to their debut Fire, with their new album, Senor Smoke. Including the single "Radio Ga-Ga", it also contains the free internet-only single "Vibrator". Senor Smoke is classic Electric Six floor-filling foot stompers topped off with the band's unique wit, which saw them enter the public's consciousness with the likes of "Gay Bar" and "Danger High Voltage".
Clearly now something far more substantial than a transient student wheeze, "Senor Smoke"--the excellent and relentlessly entertaining second album from mad Detroit combo Electric Six--sustains the wry chaos of debut offering "Fire" (and infamous attendant single "Gay Bar") but is superior in every respect. The blend is familiar--the unseemly funky corpulence of disco Tom Jones, the absurd metal excess of Zodiac Mindwarp and some futuristic synthesisers borrowed from the first few Magazine albums. However, it's time to concede that Electrix Six can no longer be dismissed as mere rock 'n' roll tomfoolery, especially as songs like "Dance Epidemic", the Captain Beefheart meets James Brown nonsense of "Dance-A-Thon 2005" and the Meat Loaf pomp of "Rock and Roll Evacuation" serve as remorseless mockeries of popular music culture's indefatigable conceitedness. Be it the Duran Duran androgyny of " Boy Or Girl", the Rocky Horror Show blood lust of "Bite Me" or the rocking got-the-hots-for-a-Goth ditty "Be My Dark Angel" ("You're torture, you're torture...you scorcher, you scorcher") " Senor Smoke" proves that the Devil not only owns all the best tunes but that he also dances to them in stretch Lycra disco pants. --Kevin Maidment
Top Customer Reviews
Ignore the critics and buy this album - it's fantastic. All the songs are classic air-guitar songs that you can sing-a-long to and like Fire are all great songs. It's one of only a few albums that you can truly say there is no filler on.
Packed with 'singles' potential, Senor Smoke is a must to have in your CD collection. Recent release, Radio Ga Ga, and download only release, Vibrator, just don't do real justice to the album, and nowhere near touch on the rest of the explosive catchy tracks delivered with Mr Valentine's superb vocals.
The album bursts in to life with Rock And Roll Evacuation, and continues as it means to go on with a great mix of rock, disco funk and electro mayhem.
Including the opening track, other personal favourites are Be My Dark Angel, Dance Epidemic, Bite Me, Future Boys, Boy Or Girl? and Devil Nights. Followed closely by Future Is In The Future and Dance A Thon 2005. Jimmy Carter is a slow acoustic track, and on first hearing I was unsure about it, however, after listening to it again it really does grow on you. The Pleasing Interlude's 1 and 2 typify Mr Valentine's wry sense of humour. However, the only track that I don't really like is Taxi To Nowhere, (I believe that it was written back when E6 were The Wildbunch).
Senor Smoke is a cracking album. So go on immerse yourself in some really great music. Buy today, or regret it tomorrow! The album won't disappoint.
With the chart success of "Gay Bar" and "Danger! High Voltage" in mind, there is a definite fear when approaching this release that they may simply try to rehash past triumphs. So many acts seem content to continually stock the industry conveyer belt with albums comprised of one truly original single and a plethora of filler, which makes "Senor Smoke" such a refreshing listen. Although this is unlikely to win any awards for artistry, it reflects a progression within the band that seemed wholly unlikely.
Electric Six haven't abandoned the disco funk that got them known, but have unlocked a willingness to push the boundaries of their music, here taking a darker and more macabre route to the charts with a variety of left-field turns. "Vibrator", the first track lifted from the album, is a slightly lifeless choice of a single though it jangles along with enough joyous enthusiasm to keep you interested, happily emphasizing the humour at the root of the band. "Devil Nights", on the other hand, is a supreme trip through acid infused pop funk, front-man Dick Valentine proclaiming it is "unlike anything we've ever done before."
On the whole, the album lacks any clearly defined singles but is propped up by a distinct lack of filler, almost every track maintaining a decent standard worth your time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best album ever! Brilliant delivery, excellent quality too. Can't tell its second handPublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I recently heard fire high voltage on the radio and finally found out the band electric six had done it. Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2014 by A KERSHAW
I'm sorry, I attribute the negative vote only in the choices of Warner / Rhino to make it impossible to transfer the CD to my lap top and consequently to my i-pod! Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2013 by Night Train 103 ci
An early album but just as much fun as their first and more recent albums.
If you like Electric Six, this needs to be in your collection.
After playing this a few times I'm inclined to think its every bit as good as Fire. It's certainly given my mate and I more great lyrics to quote at work .Published on 7 Mar. 2013 by harkonin
Electric Six began to quickly disappear from the popular music radar sometime after 'Dance Commander' limped into the charts at number 40. Read morePublished on 17 July 2007 by Pilch
After nearly a year, Electric Six's second mainstream album finally gets a release in North America. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2006
To put it simply...this album is just as fantastic..if not better than Fire. I was very disappointed to read the critics opinions. Read morePublished on 6 April 2005