The B-52's Funplex
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- Released: March 25, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Astralwerks
Spin - p.923.5 stars out of 5 -- "Here, they refresh all their tricks, with stripped-down, energetic guitar plus lithe electronics."
Entertainment Weekly - p.65"[T]he B-52s are still gloriously single-minded party animals more interested in giddily rocking love shacks than stoking intellects." -- Grade: B+
Q (Magazine) - p.1023 stars out of 5 -- "The opening 'Pump' serves both as an irresistible invitation to party and a reminder of what we've been missing: slamming beat, Wilson and Kate Pierson shimmying like crazy as Fred Schneider barks out nonsense..."
Blender (Magazine) - p.763 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he guitars are cranked to garage-level rawness...[and] the long-missing Cindy Wilson is back sassing it up..."
Harp (magazine) (p.102) - "[T]he tones are kickier than ever and often serious and taut, there's nothing that'll cease the B's from practicing the best in Felliniesque pop and space kitsch. Primo."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.864 stars out of 5 -- "'Pump' leaps out at you, while 'Hot Corner' reinforces their role as keepers of the crazy beat."
- 1. Pump
- 2. Hot Corner
- 3. Ultraviolet
- 4. Juliet Of The Spirits
- 5. Funplex
- 6. Eyes Wide Open
- 7. Love In The Year 3000
- 8. Deviant Ingredient
- 9. Too Much To Think About
- 10. Dancing Now
- 11. Keep This Party Going
Personnel: Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider , Kate Pierson (vocals); Keith Strickland (guitar, keyboards, programming); Steve Osborne (organ, timpani); Pete Davis (keyboards, programming); Sterling Campbell, Zachary Alford (drums); Dan Austin, Dave McCracken (programming).
Audio Mixers: Dan Austin; Steve Osborne.
Recording information: Elfspace, Key West, FL; John Keane's Studio, Athens, GA; Nickel & Dime Studios, Atlanta, GA; The Clubhouse, Rhinebeck, NY.
Introduction by: Adl Doost, Sharon.
Photographer: Joseph Cultice.
Arranger: The B-52s.
On 2008's FUNPLEX, the B-52's fully awaken from their 16-year cryogenic freeze to finally present a studio follow-up to 1992's GOOD STUFF. While the vocals of Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson remain as buoyant as ever, and the speak/sing voice of Fred Schneider is back in all its nasal glory, the band's New Wave dance-rock sound has been given an electronic face lift, thanks to both guitarist Keith Strickland and producer Steve Osborne (KT Tunstall, New Order), as best revealed on the pulsing "Juliet of the Spirits" and the campy, robotic "Love in the Year 3000." Those pining for the group's scrappier, more organic leanings will be pleased to hear the rockabilly-tinged "Pump," the sassy "Hot Corner," and the wonderfully lo-fi "Eyes Wide Open," all tracks that evoke the ensemble's gonzo Georgia-bred roots. Though FUNPLEX isn't a completely consistent affair, it successfully delivers the wacky, party-primed B-52's vibe, making it a fine (if belated) addition to the veteran act's catalogue.
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