Kids of 88 are 2 guys that play electronic pop music and you’d think that would be a good thing to mention before the commencement of writing a review on their album…it is not. I really don’t know why they even bother existing as a band; no one in the elite music snob circles likes them heck Simon Sweetman slam their album by putting a dictionary definition of the word ‘placebo’ in place of the review.
So I guess it’s our turn to feel the sugary wrath of stupid and give our review on ‘Sugar Pills’ and what I can tell you now much like real sugar, this album will rot your brain and leave it with so much plaque you might need a machete the size of the Auckland sky tower to clean it right out your mind.
Let’s start by saying that the beats are not too bad, they well produced despite sounding compressed and sidechained to hell bullets, but it’s ruined by the nugatory nature of both the singer’s whiny emo voice and the bad song writing. None of the lyrics makes a lick of sense when you hear them.
I mean lets not forget the mastery and wisdom of such witty repartee of ‘you know you make me go whoo hoo ooo’ from ‘My House’, their most sickening of songs to feature a chorus line this bad in its song! But I found the crowning achievement in their stupidness in the form of a Ballard called ‘San Fran’ where they thought to themselves ‘hey lets mention Full House in the lyrics like Uncle Jesse or Mary Kate because surely that would make a lick of sense’
DO YOU NOT REALIZE THE STUPID COMING OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS!
‘Downtown’ is a disgrace of a song because Downtown in any part of the world rocks, just don’t rely on an unintended ballad to help you otherwise establish that point. God these guys and their willingness to hold up a sign saying ‘I have no talent please shoot me’ makes me wonder why in god’s name do they even bother!
I’ve pinned it down to a trend of new musicians suffering a case of ‘Six degrees of Kevin Bacon’ as Kids of 88, The Naked and Famous, ZOWIE and even Computers want me Dead are a tight nit bunch from the emerging NZ scene almost a mafia of sorts. They are all in cahoots having toured together, collaborated and even at one point hanging out and shooting the shit.
We’ve picked and choose who we like out of this lot such as ZOWIE and The Naked and Famous (seriously guys please grow a personality out of your shallowness TNAF!) but as for Computers want me dead….they sound like Kids of 88, hell they’re even a duo of males playing electronic pop which puts them into the sniper’s crosshairs!
Sugar Pills from these morons left me with a sour taste in my month. Maybe I’m not its intended audience but when you’re a blog that listens constantly to electronic music day in and day out you get to filter the shit that is out there like this.
So if you’re a teenage girl between the ages of 13-18 with no aspirations living beyond age of 25 with a nympho and rape me complex, then this is for you!