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CD Review: Teddybears

Devil's Music (Big Beat)


Falling somewhere between Mark Ronson's clubby cornucopia and LMFAO's morning-after headache, the Swedish group Teddybears throw a whole mess of sounds onto their second album. Armed with synths and kinda-famous guest stars (including B.o.B. and Cee Lo Green), they zip around genres, noises, and styles, never settling into anything long enough on Devil's Music to give you a clear idea what they're all about. They like electro-pop; they also seem to have a thing for hazy psychedelia and big drum beats. And they're way into future shock. Eve gets all funky-robot on "Rocket Science," and they drift through the cosmos on the space-bubbly "Glow in the Dark." Best are the trippy "Crystal Meth Christians" (with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne) and "Cardiac Arrest" (featuring Robyn), where the stars really do shine.

Michael Gallucci

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