Sunday, April 6, 2008
The B-52s...Funplex (Astralwerks)
Despite being well into their 50s, the B-52s seem more sexually charged than ever, said Jessica Letkemann in Billboard. On their first album in 16 years, their humble little "Love Shack" has morphed into a mall-like Funplex." It's been three decades since "Rock Lobster," but these pleasure-seeking party animals sound as if they've never left the dance floor---or the bedroom. The kitschy qurtet has always approached sex and songwriting with wild abandon. Here, every song is fixated with getting it on: "Sex is dancing! ('Pump.') Sex is a road trip! ('Ultraviolet.') Sex is a cocktail party! ('Deviant Ingredient.')." This dirty talk mioght come across as pervy from anyone else, but it works for the B-52s, said Andy Gill in the London Independent. With their campy, cartoonish quality, the B-52s are a "three-dimensional realization of a two-dimensional ideal."
Since they've never worried about keeping up with the times, they've never actually fallen "out of fashion." They just want to "Keep This Party Going," said Christine Van Dusen in Paste. Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson still have the same cheerleader pep, and only Fred Schneider could shout such nonsense as "Do a white-hot shimmy in a Lurex gown!" So why not just "shut up and dance?"