Label: Cherrytree Records - B0020149-02,Interscope Records - B0020149-02 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop • Style: Synth-pop, Pop Rock
RAC 's Andre Allen Anjos spent the better part of a decade establishing himself as one of music's hardest-working remixers, crafting a sound that straddled the line between indie and Pa Se Sliš - Slovenski Oktet - Nocoj In Vselej with a capital P. On Strangershis first album of original material, Anjos collaborates with many of the artists whose songs he remixed, including YACHTPenguin Prisonand Tokyo Police Clubbut his most recognizable contribution is still his playful, Tear You Down - RAC* - Strangers production work.
RAC 's sound remains bouncy and just short of busy, dominated by breezy synths and chugging muted guitars. This distinctive-yet-homogenous approach puts Anjos ' collaborators in the spotlight, and Strangers works best when the singers have enough charisma to sell this formula. The previously released singles remain highlights: "Let Go," which features MNDR and Bloc Party 's Keleis as bouncy and bittersweet as ever, and a refreshing contrast to the angular Tear You Down - RAC* - Strangers the band returned to on Four.
Lucia 's Jean-Philip and Patricia Beranek Groblerfeels like a 21st century update of Animotion or Human League with its fizzy Tear You Down - RAC* - Strangers and girl-guy vocals, while the poignant "Tourist" finds Tokyo Police Club 's David Monks wondering, "Are we strangers forever or are we strangers for now?
At other times, Strangers feels so cohesive that it borders on anonymous. Even though tracks such as the pretty piano ballad "We Belong" and the marimba-driven "Seventeen" offer some variety, the album's sameness is amplified by its length; at nearly an hour-long, songs get lost in the shuffle.
At its best, Strangers is undeniably and insistently catchy; at its worst, it's a reminder that being a good remixer and a good songwriter isn't necessarily the same thing.
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Let Go. Ello Ello. Hard to Hold. Tear You Down. Repeating Motion. All I Got. I Should've Guessed. Ready for It. We Belong. Cheap Sunglasses.
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