Fun­plex As­tral­w­erks

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - DEANNA OR­TIZ

Six­teen years af­ter their last album, The B-52s still en­joy push­ing kitsch as far as au­rally pos­si­ble – Love Shack style. Fun­plex is a flu­o­res­cent cock­tail of elec­tro-pop and punk with surfer har­monies, a he­do­nis­tic ode to shop­ping, danc­ing and sex: “I am a fully eroti­cised be­ing!” De­viant In­gre­di­ent shouts. Hav­ing dubbed them­selves “the world’s great­est party band”, they haven’t aged a note. Pump’s open­ing raunchy beats make toe-tap­ping com­pul­sory, and, with just two (com­par­a­tively) down-tempo tracks to nine dance-floor fillers, Fun­plex’s manic whirligig ef­fect can in­duce mo­tion sick­ness. But what its whizzing elec­tron­ics drive home is the fact that the likes of New Young Pony Club and Hot Chip stand on the shoul­ders of gi­ants – camp, synth-hug­ging gi­ants who party hard. www.mys­­B52s Down­load Tracks: Fun­plex, De­viant In­gre­di­ent, Juliet of the Spir­its

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