By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Alice Laussade
By Scott Reitz
Swooping synthesized strings, throbbing bass lines, pounding drum machines and heart-on-the-sleeve vocals: PlayRadioPlay's Texas sounds like what a sensitive, horny teenager would come up with if he were locked in the bedroom with a keyboard and a swimsuit calendar featuring the ladies of One Tree Hill.
Single-handedly created by Dan Hunter, a self-described nerdy straight-edger from Aledo, Texas will likely be piped into every mall in the country. It's the kind of amped-up electronic dance-pop that teenagers lose their virginity to if they get hold of a bottle of Boone's Farm and stay awake past midnight.
Opener "Loco Motion" gets the album off to a running start. Its chorus of "What's up with these conflicting emotions?/I'm on the brink of running commotion" perfectly encapsulates the hormonal turmoil of adolescence. Things slow down with "Madi Don't Leave," a sweetly hopeful love song. Hunter's impressively slick electro-bubblegum pop is perfectly suited to his anxious lyrics about boredom, hating school and teenage love. Overall, this is a very impressive debut, but it probably won't appeal to anyone out of the fake-ID market.
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