Dance duo LMFAO have become hot property recently. With their latest single ‘Party Rock Anthem’, taken from this very album, looking set to be the Summer’s official tune and getting everybody “shuffling”, this success shows no signs of halting. Yet, on the evidence of this album, it can only be a matter of time before the novelty runs thin, and the true mediocrity of LMFAO begins to shine through.
It’s difficult to know where to start with a release as ridden with issues as this. The tracks themselves are devoid of any creativity or innovation, and instead seem content to deal in cliché and following a typical, and monotonous, formula. The repetitive beat and appaulling rapping of ‘Sexy And You Know It’, complete with its chorus mantra (repeated ad nausium) “Girl, look at that body” just sounds like something we have heard a thousand times before. The same can be said for ‘Champagne Showers’, which features some tiresome synth and highly irritating female vocals.
Indeed, the atmosphere of this album is wholly grating. There are some songs, a prime example of which being ‘Take It To The Hole’ which are borderline unlistenable, as we are bombarded with a infuriating electronic clamor, and the lyrics throughout are so utterly juvenile that by the end of ‘Sorry For Party Rocking’ it is nigh on impossible not to be exasperated.
It’s true that LMFAO‘s music is largely inoffensive, but it is here that the problem lies. Their songs, whilst some may label them fun, revolve around insipid lyrics and regurgitated dance beats that may well be enough to satisfy an audience of drunken clubbers for a few short minutes, but other than this just fail to resonate on any level. With no edge, no bite, no originality or emotional investment, what we are left with is another tedious collection of by numbers songs that given time will be abandoned as another fad sweeps it aside and is embraced by the public. ‘Sorry For Party Rocking’? Yes LMFAO, you should be.
Written by Tony Bliss