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Review: Superhumanoids' 'Exhibitionists'

August 05, 2013|By Randall Roberts
  • CD cover art for Superhumanoids' "Exhibitionists."
CD cover art for Superhumanoids' "Exhibitionists." (Innovative Leisure )

Superhumanoids have been booting-up in Los Angeles for the past half-decade, gradually earning a vocal, devoted fan base through gigs at the usual Silver Lake and Echo Park indie hangouts and prepping "Exhibitionists," its debut album.

A warm album that draws heavily from the 1980s tones of Human League, the modern-day future disco of the "Drive" soundtrack and synthetic R&B, "Exhibitionists" at its best delivers memorable, singalong dance-pop that feels one placement in "Girls," "True Blood" or an Apple ad away from a breakout. The anthemic "Geri" is lyrically bitter and instantly memorable, and the echoed soft-rock ballad "Bad Weather" is a wonderfully strange R&B diversion.

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However well-crafted and hummable it is, "Exhibitionists" is hardly groundbreaking. Each song feels borrowed rather than handmade. "See It All" suggests a cover of U2's "With or Without You" as run through a frequency modulator. "Do You Feel That?" rides the classic Krautrock "motorik" rhythm, but doesn't drive it far enough afield to indicate a band too interested in unguided exploration.

Taken individually, Superhumanoids' songs are sticky enough to land in your head for the afternoon, and a few tracks dropped onto a mix tape might advance an argument for the record's success. But as a grand work of musical art, "Exhibitionists" is lacking.



(Innovative Leisure)

Two starsĀ (out of four)


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