Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Horse Power


3.0
good

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
September 6th, 2010 | 32 replies | 7,349 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The quality of the music is inversely proportional to the quality of the band name.

Though Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is yet another example of the frustratingly bad state of attention-seeking band names (Dananananaykroyd takes the cake), the four songs on their debut EP Horse Power are good enough to need no such leg-up to garner positive attention. Their namesake, of course, stems from Dale Earnhardt Jr., a NASCAR driver; a sport that, if Formula One were considered the main course – sophisticated, elegant – would stand as the equivalent of drinking mush through a straw. This duo is nothing like the sport their name might associate themselves with though and with the variety shown between just four songs, I’d say they’re going anywhere but in circles.

The best of what’s given to us with this EP consists of a mix of simple electronic pop sensibilities and soothing vocals that are as comfortable in the downtempo, folktronica opener (“Nothing But Our Love”) as they are in the soaring falsetto pop gem that follows it (“Vocal Chords”). The simplicity of it all is the clincher and moments like the “da-da-da” melody of “Simple Girl” are tremendously contagious. The Beach Boys cover “God Only Knows” is the only non-original track of the bunch and it’s a pretty standard affair that doesn’t take any huge twists from the original, which is lovely nonetheless.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. show themselves to be a clever duo with this teaser and the success of slower songs like “Nothing But Our Love” as well as dance numbers like “Vocal Chords” leaves them with a lot of directions to pursue. The fact that this is both a side-project and recorded in a basement is even more a testament to their talent and it’s no wonder the buzz of a thousand restless bloggers has already started to circle. I’d keep my eyes on these guys. Plus, if anything, I’m pretty sure supporting the music earns us the right to complain gratuitously on their last.fm page until they change their name to something more respectable.



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Ponton
Emeritus
September 6th 2010



5775 Comments


album art fixed*

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robin
Emeritus
September 6th 2010



4221 Comments


don't lie to me you love the name

Kiran
Emeritus
September 6th 2010



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

almost as much as i love nascar

Enotron
September 6th 2010



7695 Comments


looks awesome

AggravatedYeti
September 6th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

...what a shitty surprise.

and yes of course NASCAR sucks.

DiceMan
September 6th 2010



7068 Comments


Album cover and band name = bandtention whores.

Kiran
Emeritus
September 6th 2010



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i like the cover

its colourful

robin
Emeritus
September 6th 2010



4221 Comments


never heard of nascar except for that it's brmm brmm but yeah you love the album name it's obvious.

cinaedus
September 6th 2010



26195 Comments


NASCAR is for rednecks

AggravatedYeti
September 6th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this was pretty alright mr. kiran.

killrobotmusic
September 6th 2010



670 Comments


Guess there aren't many southerners on Sputnik.

alachlahol
September 6th 2010



7423 Comments


what the fuck kind of problem do you have with NASCAR?

Bitchfork
September 6th 2010



7584 Comments


I think this is the first time you've given a three to something and I completely agree. (Unlike THE FUCKING RADIO DEPT. HOW DARE YOU)

botb
September 6th 2010



9284 Comments


electro pop and indie bands have the worst fucking names these days.

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pizzamachine
September 6th 2010



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I kinda like this.

Bitchfork
September 6th 2010



7584 Comments


band name bores me so it fails

pizzamachine
September 6th 2010



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Band name is so unimaginative.

Bulldog
September 7th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Indie Bulldog likes this.

Ire
September 7th 2010



41453 Comments


Holy shit awesome two bulldogs




ohwait

Dryden
September 7th 2010



12813 Comments


one is more then enough ughhhghghg



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