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Devil's Music (2010)

Artist: Teddybears
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Format: CD
Sku: 221984258
UPC: 075678827341
UPC 14: 00075678827341
Release Date: 7/5/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Bukowski ~ Teddybears
2. Rocket Scientist ~ Teddybears
3. Get Mama a House - (featuring B.o.B/B.O.B.) ~ Teddybears
4. Get Fresh With You ~ Teddybears
5. Devil's Music ~ Teddybears
6. Crystal Meth Christian ~ Teddybears
7. Glow in the Dark ~ Teddybears
8. Cho Cha - (featuring Cee Lo Green) ~ Teddybears
9. Cardiac Arrest - (featuring Robyn) ~ Teddybears
10. Tek it Down ~ Teddybears
11. Wolfman ~ Teddybears
12. Cisum Slived ~ Teddybears

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Teddybears (vocals, programming).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Jack Joseph Puig.
Muze PNote Recording information: Apmamman Studios, Sthlm; Atlantis Studios, Sthlm; El Cortijo Studios, Malaga; Solitaire Studios, Atlanta, GA; The Enemy Dojo, Calabasas, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Chrissy Piper.
Muze PNote It took Stockholm-based party mongers Teddybears a while to follow up their 2006 U.S. debut, Soft Machine -- itself a hodge-podge of reworked tracks from the group's earlier, punkier efforts -- with the similarly styled Devil's Music, which was issued in Europe in 2010 and appeared stateside a year later in remixed and slightly reshuffled form. But they hadn't entirely been silent during the intervening years: Joakim hlund was active with his '60s-inspired garage rock/power-pop outfit Caesars, while his brother, Klas, maintained a busy schedule of songwriting and production work for major-league pop artists like Kesha, Sugababes, and, most frequently and notably, Robyn. Both brothers' extracurricular ventures are relevant reference points for the Teddybears' sound, an unabashedly sugary mixture of rock & roll and fizzy electronic dance-pop centered around big, crunchy guitars, equally big, crunchy synthesizers, bluntly energetic beats, and a healthy smattering of hip-hop, reggae, punk, and techno. Both ridiculously stylistically diverse and surprisingly distinctive and cohesive in all its gleeful dumbness, Teddybears' music frequently recalls the hard-partying eclecticism and shameless hookiness of late-'90s, big beat electronica. Very much like its predecessor, Devil's Music derives most of its noteworthiness and novelty (and arguably, for better or worse, much of its musical interest) from an impressive, sometimes head-scratching roster of guest vocalists drawn from pop, rock, rap, and reggae. Most acquit themselves perfectly well: the long-largely-dormant Eve kicks things off (after a vocoded bit of Charles Bukowski nonsense) on an appropriately goofy and swaggering tip with the ironically titled "Rocket Science," declaring "I am the robot Elvis rockin' my bionic pelvis," while the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne contributes a characteristically appealing turn on the gently trippy "Crystal Meth Christians." But a few of the most promising collaborations fall a bit flat. Robyn's appearance on chugging electro-pop nugget "Cardiac Arrest" is fun enough but fairly rote (blame it on the material, which isn't long on melody or personality),ÿand "Cho Cha," featuring both Cee-Lo and the B-52's (!!) feels like a truly wasted opportunity; an odd, rather forced '50s/'80s-pastiche with unfunny zero-entendre lyrics about a cat (hmmm), and, inexplicably, Fred Schneider only gets to sing about half a stanza. Still, the inevitable self-recycling aside (see "Get Fresh with You," which re-does "Louie Louie" via Caesars' wonder hit "Jerk It Out"; it's shocking that there's not a more blatant "Cobrastyle" re-tread here) the hlunds have proven themselves time and again as ham-fisted masters of ear-wormy, marketing-friendly pure pop confections (the delightfully dippy B.o.B. feature "Get Mama a House" has already been used to sell Swedish real estate), and it's hard to complain too much about another cheap and dirty dozen of their trademark trashy trifles. ~ K. Ross Hoffman

Producer: Teddybears

Engineer: Graham Marsh; Herman S?derstr?m; Janne Hansson; Seb Roc

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Eve
Muze Guest Artist B.O.B.
Muze Guest Artist Laza Morgan
Muze Guest Artist ADL
Muze Guest Artist The Flaming Lips
Muze Guest Artist The B-52's
Muze Guest Artist Cee-Lo Green
Muze Guest Artist Robyn
Muze Guest Artist Rigo

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Tron:legacy Reconfigured (Ost)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/05/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 2527035
Music Label Name Label : WEA (Distributor)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075678827341

Professional Reviews

Spin (pp.76-78)
- "DEVIL'S MUSIC ranges wildly...from Day-Glo '60s freak-outs to balls-out disco burners to willowy space rock. It's all unified by the trio's studio skills..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Teddybears
Product attributeLabel:   Atlantic/q Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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