The consensus on Simian Mobile Disco's newest album Temporary Pleasure is that it's not as earth-crumbling as their debut, Attack Decay Sustain Release, but some of the criticism seems to be aimed at the fact that SMD recruited some all-star guest vocalists instead of relative unknowns like Ninja and Char Johnson as they had before. Considering the quote/unquote all-stars are Alexis Taylor, Chris Keating, Telepathe, Young Fathers, Gruff Rhys, Jamie Lidell and Beth Ditto, and we're pretty sure 99% of the human race doesn't know who at least 75% of those people are, that doesn't seem like that valid a criticism. A better one would be that SMD made a mostly mid-tempo, one-note pop album instead of another crazy disco one. But there are still some jams, including "Cruel Intentions" with The Gossip's Ditto, a smoldering open-ended request for "good times." One of our young favorites, Bristol's Joker, got license to turn it into an, uhmm, electro/house/dubstep/purple/strip club/early/late/anthem? Whatever it is, Joker can do no wrong right now, and he should get as many famous people as possible on his debut album, in the works right now.
September 22, 2009