Plastic Hair Thingies Rule......
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 05/09/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
""New Traditionalists" found DEVO in a precarious state. Their arty irony and brainy pop smarts had made them a flavor of the moment via the "F.O.C." hit single and video, and suddenly the whole world was chanting "are we not men?" It both emboldened them and deepened their cynicism. "Through Being Cool" rallied the alienated to rise against the ninnies and the twits at the same time "Beautiful World" wearily declared that it might have been a beautiful world for you, but "it's not for me." After all, how could you rail against the lemming/jock mentality when they were the ones donning energy domes at the football games and singing "Whip It" at corporate synergy rallies?But having been touched by the gold finger of hit making, DEVO did their best to fill an album with enthusiastic pogo anthems about their favorite topics, love sex and the willful decline of the human condition. "Jerking Back and Forth" and "Love Without Anger" are typical visions of human relationships ala DEVO. (The stop motion doll video for "L.W.A." is among the band's best.) "Going Under" had them tinkering with their sound a little, and "Working In A Coal Mine" was given the DEVO oldie treatment. Sonically, this is probably the band's best next to what Eno gave their debut. All in all, a solid album."
Hot DIGGITY this is one INCREDIBLE album! BUY IT!!
Alesia | 08/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Here's why: Mecha-Mania Boy alone is worth the price. It can't be found anywhere else (that I have ever been able to find)! Nutra Speaks is, of course, lame. So don't bother listening to it. But if it's been too long since you've heard Going Under or Race of Doom, good heavens, man, don't just stand there, put it in your shopping cart and One-Click yourself to happiness!"