Devo New Traditionalists
Q: 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...like funk processed in a clinic, with the offbeat lyrics delivered as if by some drilled regiment...Who could say no?"
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item number: COL 6555
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Warner Bros. BSK 3595 (1981)
Description by OLDIES.com:
A CD reissue of Devo's 1981 album, "New Traditionalists."
Q - 5/97, p.1304 Stars (out of 5) - "...like funk processed in a clinic, with the offbeat lyrics delivered as if by some drilled regiment...Who could say no?"
- 1.Through Being Cool
- 2.Jerkin' Back 'N' Forth
- 3.Pity You
- 4.Soft Things
- 5.Going Under
- 6.Race Of Doom
- 7.Love Without Anger
- 8.The Super Thing
- 9.Beautiful World
- 10.Enough Said
NEW TRADITIONALISTS contains 3 bonus tracks.
Devo: Mark Mothersbaugh (vocals); Bob Mothersbaugh, Bob Casale (guitar); Gerald V. Casale (bass); Alan Myers (percussion).
Personnel: Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob Casale (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Bob Mothersbaugh (vocals, guitar); Gerald V. Casale (vocals, keyboards); Alan Myers (drums).
Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Recording information: Power Station, New York, NY.
Photographer: Moshe Brakha.
Unknown Contributor Role: Manuel J. Donayre.
With the commercial success of their previous album FREEDOM OF CHOICE, the pressure was on Devo to come up with another hit. While NEW TRADITIONALISTS was indeed an exceptional album, it did not replicate the commercial success of its predecessor. The album was the first to be completely produced by the band, and also marks the first time that keyboards and electronic drums would dominate the arrangements on a Devo record (little guitar is heard), resulting in a much more computerized and precise sound. But the songwriting skills of Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale were in full effect, as Devo's trademark humor and wit were on full display.
The opener, "Through Being Cool," catches the band at it's most fun. Other technoid highlights abound, such as the forgotten early-'80s MTV hit "Love Without Anger," the ironic "Beautiful World," the jittery "Going Under" and an anthemic Devo concert staple, "Jerkin' Back N' Forth." Also included are lesser-known (yet still intriguing) tracks, such as "Pity You" and "Soft Things." Another powerful Devo release.
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