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Always Never Again
Touch and Go Records

Rating: 9/10 ?


April 29, 2005
As far as I can figure, there is no real reason why I should like this album as much as I do. I've never considered myself a dance music-type of guy.

I started listening to this album around the same time I was given the new Edie Sedgwick album and, as it turns out, the sounds on the two albums aren't the only thing they have in common: a little research shows that Justin Moyer (the man behind Edie Sedgwick) was once a member of El Guapo, whose first album was entitled Super/System… El Guapo has now become this band of computer dance geeks, renamed Supersystem to match.

There are elements of !!!, Kleenex Girl Wonder, Postal Service and Q and not U in this album, but none of them are a direct copy or influence. Supersystem takes elements from all the above and mixes it into their own sound. It's a collection of strange, simple music that will make you feel good. Listening to the album creates a few questions for me - dilemmas I can't readily solve myself - so I decided to write a letter to the band themselves to see if I could gather any sort of answers from them:

Dear Supersystem,

How is it you do what you do? I have been asking myself a few questions about your latest album, and I am stumped as to how I can get an answer.

First of all, the first song and single, "Born into the World," has been stuck in my head for a good 3 weeks. What have you poisoned me with? This song won't leave my mind and I am forced to listen to it daily… the same thing can be said for the rest of the album, but this is where my addiction began.

The music you guys make is ridiculously catchy and sweet, which is the basis for my confusion. Normally, I'm a fan of complicated structures and big sounds filled with all sorts of stringed instruments - I'm lucky to find a guitar riff in any of the ten songs in your collection.

The up-tempo machine made beats and computer blips create a futuristic vision of a dance party, and I can't help but picture myself shaking my judgmental indie-rock booty (something I normally do not enjoy doing, especially in public).

Always Never Again is more than a clever title and repeated chorus in one of your songs, it's the way I feel when I listen to the record. "This is a unique instance of me enjoying dance music. I will enjoy this collection of dance music Always but nothing else, Never Again" - at least, that's what I think I should tell myself. This has all but ruined me lately.

Another reason I have been forced to question my own tastes when listening to your music is your lyrics. They're so simple, yet I don't find it a problem to sing along and actually enjoy them. Why is that? I can be critical when it comes to simple and/or dumb song lyrics, but it's not a problem with this collection. Perhaps I like to dance myself unconscious so that I'm "distracted."

The song "Six Cities" describes different structures and futuristic cityscapes with simple rhyme scheme, handclaps, a funky bass riff and crazy synths. This is yet another catchy dance tune that gets stuck in my head. I don't know how it happens, but I love it.

Supersystem, please get back to me at your earliest convenience. I will be listening to your album until you do, trying to answer the questions myself… if I can stop myself from dancing and smiling.

Thanks,

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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