Paging Dr. Freud! Danger Radio's Doghouse Records debut Nothing's Gonna Hold Us Down
is suffering from a serious case of multiple personality disorder. Sometimes the funkadelic pop rock takes the dominant role, but then the electronic little dance numbers make an appearance. But maybe in all that chaos there's a smidge of sanity.
Title track/opener "Nothing's Gonna Hold Us Down" is upbeat and rhythmic. The jazzy guitar is underplayed by the tongue-in-cheek synth in the background. Andrew DeTorres's vocals will appeal to everyone, provided you are female, underage, and a Justin Bieber fan. Immediately following this is the disco beat of "You & Me". The quick style change comes with a smooth beat, an infectious chorus, and more Justin Timberlake-esque vocals (and the inevitable hoards of screaming girls that come with that). "Memories" is a fairly strong mid-tempo track that sounds like it belongs more on a Breathe Electric record than on a Danger Radio one.
In the more guitar heavy "Build It Up," Danger Radio seem to have been touched by the hand of Brendon Urie and the likes (RE: Panic at the Disco). Out of the many sounds on the record, this is definitely the one that Danger Radio is best suited for. Here the band experiments with some neat-o chord progressions, which isn't really seen on the rest of the record. It's refreshing, as this is one of the few tracks that isn't distorted, enhanced, filtered, and/or auto-tuned the heck out of. Danger Radio slows things back down with "Set You Free" with a little more guitar experimentation, this time in the picking. It breathes some life into the track's dance-y tendencies. "Alibis" is a beautiful piano ballad and is one of the albums strongest tracks. It isn't executed perfectly, but pretty dang close.
Nothing's Gonna Hold Us Down
may not be anything to write home about, but it's definitely fun. If Danger Radio directs their skill toward the sound of "Build It Up" and channels their other stylistic likes into background support, they will be better able to make an album that is both fun and memorable. -hanna kasper
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MP3: "Nothing's Gonna Hold Us Down"
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