Dragonette
Bodyparts


2.0
poor

Review

by Pistol Pete USER (32 Reviews)
September 30th, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Aye, Martina...

Dragonette’s new album is a bit confusing. Their last album Fixin to Thrill had me thinking that Bodyparts would be something different. In 2009, the group seemed to be content with making music that wasn’t such an obvious cash-grab and more comfortable with simply being themselves. Let me clarify, I don’t mean that Dragonette was trying to be some pretentious pop group that felt too good for the money and fame that comes with mass exposure on the radio. It would be a mistake to assume that Dragonette wasn’t striving for some success, as any band obviously wishes to see their fan base grow over time. They just didn’t quite seem so...lost back in 2009 as they do here. They didn’t seem as willing to sacrifice who they were as artists in order to please. The “fun” is here in some regards, but Dragonette was a band that had a healthy blend of both fun and style..

Bodyparts feels very much like a Dragonette album. Lead single “Let It Go” is pretty much exactly what we all expected the next single to sound like. It’s upbeat, uplifting, and just plain fun. It’s a song people should have no difficulty listening to. The rest of the tracks are full of all those bouncy, sporty beats you would want from an album like this. That’s just the problem though, it feels so safe. But the issue goes beyond this being a safe album from Dragonette. It feels as though the group half-assed the record; found some suitable beats, wrote down some typical vocals, and called it a day. Songs like “Right Woman” and “Live in This City” start off on the right track, with energetic verses and Martina’s raw attitude leaking from every pore of the song. Unfortunately, they each can’t carry themselves past one verse. Martina surprisingly cannot seem to bring the kind of energy she usually does, sounding almost annoying and bratty with lyrics like “I march my army right to it. Surrender is useless, so I’m off to war.” The choruses across the entire album feel like nothing but placeholders, there simply because a song usually contains one.

The album is also full of influences that are all too obvious. To clarify again, I don’t mean it’s wrong to have influences, every single band does. But here, Dragonette is literally cutting and pasting what works for other artists and putting it into their own music. If the beat in the chorus of “My Legs” doesn’t remind a listener of Deadmau5’s famous hit “Ghosts ‘N Stuff” almost to the note, then you’re kidding yourselves. There are also songs about the standard go-to topics of dancing and not remembering what happened the night before, sinking to the levels of Ke$ha and Katy Perry.

Bodyparts has its very select few moments where it does seem on the verge of something special, “Untouchable” and opener “Run Run Run” presenting the album’s strongest moments. It’s not an utter catastrophe, but it’s by no means a good record. It’s missing what made an album like Fixin to Thrill memorable. Dragonette seemed to sound stronger when they didn’t crank the volume up on every song, focusing rather on slower songs that build up to something and lyrics actually reaching meaning. These are both key aspects that made songs like “Easy” and “Don’t Be Funny” stick long after you listen to them. The tracks here are just songs that sound fun, forgotten immediately after listening. Dragonette has neglected what they were good at; left some of their own body parts behind if you will (apologies for that). It naturally didn’t pay off for them.



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PistolPete
September 30th 2012


3650 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Shitty...was hearing bad things about this album but I still had some hope it would be more. Always enjoyed these guys, don't give a fuck how mainstream they are.

klap
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2012


10582 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

about right

Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

PistolPete
September 30th 2012


3650 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

more or less

pizzamachine
September 30th 2012


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, you basically said everything that needed to be said.

klap
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2012


10582 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i am a sucker for this type of music but this was disappointing

PistolPete
September 30th 2012


3650 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

music vid for "live in this city" was kinda funny though, she's loves putting on a tomboy persona, she could almost pass off as a dude most of the time

really loved fixin to thrill if you couldn't tell, i even 4'd it without a seconds hesitation or ounce of regret

bloc
September 30th 2012


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Yay you actually reviewed it ;)

PistolPete
September 30th 2012


3650 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haha yup, I guess I unofficially appointed myself to be the Dragonette spokesperson for Sputnik, that's two reviews in a row

bloc
September 30th 2012


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Sounds like an easy job haha

PistolPete
September 30th 2012


3650 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

not when i have to listen to dis shit...=[

bloc
September 30th 2012


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Hey you always have a choice!

trinzitter
October 23rd 2012


1 Comments


I think displaying influences from peers in your genre is a great way to build community, and the reason bands often have passages which are verbatim is just a result of the producers shopping at the same plugin factories. Dan & Joel said in this interview that they're always excited to try out the latest music-making software: http://blog.mymusic.com/dragonette-says-hello-to-mymusic/

SebastianJunior
November 10th 2012


25 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I assumed this would be a good album to listen to while doing chores. But I was tempted to turn it off several times due to the sheer inanity of it all. You're right Fixin' To Thrill had a slightly alternative vibe to it, but this was very close to KatyPerryville.



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