Album Review: LMFAO-Party Rock
How easy is it to get a record deal in 2009? One has to ask this rhetorical question when artists such as LMFAO are producing full-length studio albums, with one central theme-party and bullshit. LMFAO, the LA based, electro-pop group comprised of DJ/rappers Redfoo and Sky Blu, has officially lowered the standards for artists and music execs with the release of their debut album Party Rock.
Widely known for their up-tempo remixes of hits by Pop royalty like Kanye West, Fergie of Black Eyed Peas, and Katy Perry, the duo sticks to the script on their debut, offering 14 nearly interchangeable tracks with monotonous lyrics and catchy hooks. While the mere thought makes sensible music lovers cringe with disgust, dutiful club owners and enthusiastic partygoers will, undoubtedly, have found the new soundtrack to their life.
Party Rock’s first single “I’m In Miami, Bitch,” has been circulating on the net for a little over a year now, and can be heard on the group’s Party Rock EP, released last July. A caricature of the Miami lifestyle with a 80s inspired backdrop, “I’m In Miami Bitch” became a huge hit with radio, earning a placement as the theme song for the E! reality series Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami.
“La La La” slows the pace of the album down a bit, with its heavily synthesized, rhythmic hi-hat beat, and substantive lyrics about the stimulation behind developing feelings for the opposite sex. This proves to be a nice change-of-pace for an album laden with songs that make you feel like you’re at a never-ending rave.
Redfoo and Sky Blu enlist the help of rapper/producer Lil John on the track “Shots” to add credibility to the album. Indisputably the most potent song on the album, with the most mainstream appeal, “Shots” gives listeners a glimpse into the party scene where shots are taken profusely. And while the lyrics dance atop a masterful blend of dirty south grit and techno flavor, you find yourself inevitably lost in the mix, like someone slipped you a Mickey.
Much of the album is unnecessary, other than to offer a complete hour of continual hype. Once you’ve heard “Get Crazy” you’ve pretty much heard the album in its totality. On “Get Crazy,” Sky Blu alludes to the resounding theme of the album, “Get crazy. Get wild. Let’s party. Get loud.” The album is just that- crazy, wild, loud and nothing more; not that that’s any different from some of the more revered albums out today.
Still, if you’re looking for the next successor to the electro-pop world, your search certainly won’t end here. With lyrics aimed at making you “laugh your ass off” and a mundane method of delivery, matched with the inescapable, relentless techno thump only tolerable by college kids that are completely wasted, LMFAO might be tardy for the party with their debut album. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a good time, have the desire to get ignorant real quick, or simply need to release some tension, Party Rock definitely serves its purpose.
LMFAO- I’m In Miami Bitch
Out Of 5
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