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Fischerspooner
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Rating: 7/10 ?


June 5, 2009
Though they helped define the early 21st century electroclash movement, thanks largely to their sensational breakthrough single "Emerge," thereafter Fischerspooner's unabashed blend of performance art and synth-pop kept them a creative step ahead of their retro-addled peers.

But by the time the New York-based duo of Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner saw the proper 2003 Stateside release of their debut #1--which also included a soothing ambient cover of Wire's "The 15th"--, electroclash had waned and its hipster following splintered. Nevertheless, the pair soldiered on and evolved their sound and bravado. The result is an act that's since drawn from post-rock and the atmospheric New Wave motifs of Gary Numan and Human League but hasn't forgotten its pop structure.

While 2005's Odyssey gave us an edgier Fischerspooner with the politicking "We Need a War" (featuring lyrics by Susan Sontag), the Boredoms cover "O" and the guitar-laced stomper "Never Win," 2009's Entertainment finds the duo reverting somewhat to their more flamboyant origins while still trying to stay current. It's a divergent approach that fortunately works more for the record than against it.

The straightforward electro opener "The Best Revenge" sounds like a carbon copy of Ladytron through the opening measures, but once Bowie sidekick Robert Aaron sidles in with sax and trumpet, the digital disco aligns nicely with the touch of glam. And while the noisy, rapid-fire "We Are Electric" harbors all the dance-rock abrasiveness of The Faint, Spooner's spectral voice becomes an instrument all its own, adding another layer of atmosphere that brings a sexy purr to the music's bite.

Still, the frontman's theatrical expositions can't save the more forgettable moments on Entertainment, including the inane "Danse En France," which begins with a female recalling a sexual rendezvous on a beach and then devolves into a mess of slow-burning snooze-pop. Thankfully, those moments are few and far between. Fischerspooner's focus remains mostly on the dancefloor as cuts like "Supply & Demand" and "Money Can't Dance" (the latter of which oddly includes a sample from PBS show Nova) make you sweaty and start remembering why you liked these guys in the first place.

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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