Dev
The Night the Sun Came Up


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dashnavar USER (6 Reviews)
September 25th, 2011 | 38 replies | 7,383 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dev's brilliant charisma enhanced by the production. It's the Cataracs, literally.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Even if you've never heard of her, you know Dev. As an up and coming indie-electropop artist since 2009, she teamed up with production team The Cataracs and Far East Movement to make the catchy #1 single "Like A G6." With her debut effort, The Night the Sun Came Up, she proves that she has more to offer than an annoying hook ("Now I'm feeling so fly like a G6.") In this album, Dev shows how her extreme charisma (comparable to that of Robyn can be paired with slamming beats to make perfect dancefloor candy. However, the true star of this album is the production team The Cataracs. They make her rapping infectious, her lack of singing ability forgivable, and her image mean more than "the sober version of Ke$ha."

Co-writing and producing every single song on the album, the Cataracs have helped Dev make an album that puts Dev in a niche of her own that will keep her lasting on this scene for a long time. The Cataracs create some of the electronic intrigue to the likes of Passion Pit. She portrays the "chill girl next door," partying hard with tracks like "Bass Down Low," but she also shows a vulnerable side with tracks like "Perfect Match." She acknowledges the haters with "Me" where she proclaims "At first they couldn't figure me out, funny how they all want a piece of me now." This album is such a balance of dark, danceable songs as well as light, romantic songs that somehow, the album title suits the album perfectly.

"If you ain't on my flight, you gettin' flown over" Dev proclaims on the dance track "Lightspeed." As one of the best tracks on this album, with electronic production so strong that it makes up for the lack of pipes, the lyrics make you want to go hard. The Cataracs manage to keep the panflute fresh with this track, and that's saying something. Oh, and the breakdown also involves coughing.

Other tracks that are standouts include "Take Her From You," the third single from the album that is an ode to personal conflicts with a hint of rock and roll. Also "Dancing Shoes" gains serious momentum in the chorus and is a really perfect potential single.

But perhaps the most interesting song on the album is "In The Dark." The Cataracs strip the song of the pumping beats and replace it with a great saxophone hook (Lady Gaga, what have you done?). But Dev stands out in front of the lack of grand production and it reveals that there is more of Dev to come, a version of Dev that has mastered the charisma of her voice and can use it independently to make great tracks without relying on The Cataracs. It's true, she doesn't have the voice of the likes of Beyonce, but neither do artists like M.I.A. and she still manages to create genius tracks like "Paper Planes." Dev has the potential off becoming the M.I.A of electropop (note M.I.A.'s song XXXO).

Disappointingly though, the album fades to an end with the unmemorable track, "Shadows." As Dev's voice isn't her strong point, when you rely solely and heavily on acoustic, her voice becomes unmemorable.

Drafted for an original release date of September 20th, Dev pushed it back to November 1st to add more tracks to the album, and it will definitely be worth it. There's so much more she can write about considering she got knocked up, got launched into fame working with stars like Timbaland, David Guetta, and Demi Lovato. Maybe she'll include tracks that are as masterful as "In The Dark" and end with a better track then "Shadows" but if she doesn't, this album will still be as great as it already is.

What to buy: Everything except for "Shadows" really, but "Lightspeed," "In The Dark," "Dancing Shoes," "In My Trunk," and "Take Her From You" are great! And If you're in a Taylor Swift-y mood, try "Perfect Match."



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Dashnavar
September 25th 2011



63 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Behind those glasses are:
1. A face as long as the Great Wall Of China
2. Interesting music

PinkBlackberry
September 25th 2011



2346 Comments


In depth review, well written but..I can't agree with you man, this CD just isn't all that good to me.

I will agree though, lightspeed's beat is fuckin' dank.

Dashnavar
September 25th 2011



63 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, I will admit to some bias myself, as I'm naturally inclined to being a pop junkie X)
But thanks, it's my first review so I'm just trying it out

Acanthus
September 25th 2011



9537 Comments


"Dev's brilliant charisma"

Thought you were talking about Deviant here for a minute :P

Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door

AtavanHalen
September 25th 2011



17927 Comments


DANCE DANCE DANCE DANCE DANCE DANCIN' IN THE DARK

AggravatedYeti
September 25th 2011



7684 Comments


can't say I agree with you but you state your case clearly enough.
there are a number of grammatical and spelling errors you'll want to
touch up as well. Not too terrible for a first though.

Dashnavar
September 25th 2011



63 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha thanks, I'll try to touch up on it on my next review.
Oh, how I can't wait to trash Nicole Scherzinger's solo effort when the US tracklisting is released.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2011



30873 Comments


I don't recall making this

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

AggravatedYeti
September 26th 2011



7684 Comments


its your weirdly estranged wifey I'm not sure you knew you had...

Dashnavar
September 27th 2011



63 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ahaha

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2011



30873 Comments


Damn alcohol

AggravatedYeti
September 27th 2011



7684 Comments


it's a hard knock life homie...

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2011



30873 Comments


You black out once and this happens.....

Dashnavar
October 21st 2011



63 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some of her references are questionable, but like I said, this isn't "Like A G6."

ihopeuchoke
November 7th 2011



668 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

In no way, shape, or form is Dev indie. At all.

gabethepiratesquid
November 19th 2011



4521 Comments


Like a G6 is only a sample of her, that's the reason it's out of place, dummies. But that song is still bumpin', and so is this entire album. I love when the first track just breaks down into trip-hop
Dopeass shit.

Sleaper
November 19th 2011



3321 Comments


its a guilty pleasure but i think she has some sick music

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

gabethepiratesquid
November 19th 2011



4521 Comments


"there's no such thing as a G6."
Well you can still think it refers to the Gulfstream series but regardless the point is that it's
supposed to be catchy so it isn't really relevant, yeah.

gabethepiratesquid
November 19th 2011



4521 Comments


In fact, Camp Lo and others were known for making up slang and words on the spot and they were praised, but they weren't Top 40 so that means they did it artistically but DEV did it because she's "pop garbage"

Sleaper
November 19th 2011



3321 Comments


its not really like electro lyrics are meant to be meaningful lol.. the whole point of it is to be something to get a jive on to, and i think dev is successful at doin that



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