If you ask me, I think Dragonette’s wickedly fun new album, Bodyparts,
should come with a warning label: “Danger! If your religion forbids dancing, this album comes with a reservation for a special burning seat in the hottest corner of hell!”
We, the fans, have been giddy with anticipation since the lead single, “Let It Go
,” was released earlier this year. It’s not like the band’s been hiding under a rock over the past couple of years, though. Since 2010’s Mixin to Thrill
the band’s had lots of exposure through its extra-curricular activities with Don Diablo, Kaskade and Martin Solveig.
The payoff? International exposure, of course, for sexy Martina, her hottie hubby, Dan, and woofy cub Joel. And a super new disc.
is a blast. Everything works. The brightly lit dancefloor beats, the sophisticated, tight melodies, and the trademark playfully sexy lyrics. It’s all there, set up in an expertly crafted track list, beginning and ending with a couple of mid-tempo tracks (“Run Run Run” and “Ghost”), along with a few more sprinkled through the program . . . but once your ass gets kicked into high gear with the anthem-worthy “Live in This City,
” you know your replay button will be well worn by the end of the night.
One of the album’s best songs, the Felix Bloxsom-produced “Right Woman,” appeared earlier this year as part of Diane von Fürstenberg’s excellent Proud To Be a Woman
series (something well worth checking out, as well), on the third volume, along with the likes of Ingrid Michaelson, Jasmine Ash and Miss Li.
The fist-pumping “My Work Is Done,” with its jig-worthy, cut-time rhythm, will no doubt find a place in pubs around the world. Trust me. One listen and I downed a pint of Guinness without missing a beat. The quartet of “My Legs,” “Giddy Up,” “Rocket Ship” and “Riot,” placed as the climax of the album, are the hands-down, perfect little polished gems of this collection.
Three albums in, Dragonette’s got the formula down for serving up the most fabulous sonic soufflé. May their multitrack oven keep the goodness coming!
— Randall Perry
Bodyparts is out now via Universal.